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Old 10-10-2012
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Re: Help With Offshore Navigation

Great advice by Faster. I took the basic piloting course through our local USPS and had a great time. It's fairly easy and there was one guy last year who felt confident enough to make a trip to the Bahamas and back from here (Charleston). It really won't tell you anything specific about your gps, though. They mention gps technology, but it's all virtual and a bit outdated. Most of today's Garmins are fairly straight forward (and quite a bit more feature loaded), but you must play around with them to figure out how to enter waypoints and create a route. Don't try and do that on your first trip out- walk around somewhere you are familiar and experiment that way... it will take a bit of time.
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