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Re: Help With Offshore Navigation

Others have already pointed you to the best option, which is take a class.

Short of that dead reckoning your way down a coast line is not rocket science, get a good "full size" chart, dividers, parallel rules, and a compass. Read the instructions that come with the nav tool kit, read all the fine print ON THE CHART and go.

I recommend that you spend more time planning, preferably with the help of someone knowledgable, your trip before you head offshore and that you plan short hops rather than one long run down the coast.

Spend the time on your hops locating and plotting your position every hour or so so if you get in a bind at least you know where you were an ago or less.

If a class is out of the question at least pick up a book or two on the subject, the simpler the better, Boater's Bowditch is excellent but takes time and practice to get into the details.
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