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This might be a stupid question, but how do you plan on getting back to where you started from. I guess I have been away to long, but if you planned on going on a long journey how do you remember your direction on getting back when you are in the ocean and nothing is in front of you? I really never had to read a compass to get me home, or do you have something else on board that helps you navigate?

My dad had a Pilot navigate for him when he was on the ocean, he used one of those circle things with a scope on it!
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You can use your compass. You don't lose sight of land very fast. If your planing to go that far out, you should read up on navigation.
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I know what you mean. We used to leave a trail of bread crumbs, but the darn seagulls kept eating them. Then we switched to a paper chart (map of the ocean), with compass headings penciled in for both directions, but after a few trips it got kinda messy. So now we use a computer and a satellite tracking system, so we always know where we are, and the seagulls don't bother us.
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Umm... That's kind of why you keep a navigation log... It usually has course over ground, heading, destination, speed and othering such information in it. A chart will do, even if you don't have a proper log.
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Ever hear of dead reckoning, charts? and that circle thing with a scope comes in handy. Also time and speed is good to know. Take a nav course and learn to use that circle thing, sometimes called a plotting board.
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I know that you are going to be moving fast, but how far are you going on that Tri anyway?
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GPS...less than 100 bucks...make a waypoint of your home port and it will tell you how to steer to get home.
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