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Re: Help With Offshore Navigation
Faster - Does that course cover Coastal Nav? I know ASA has a dedicated course to the subject.
Harborless - Congrats on another milestone for you!
Captainmeme's way is absolutely correct. A handheld GPS will tell you exactly where you are. As he says, it's as easy as plotting an XY graph in high school. Latitude is Y and longitude is X. That is just a very basic GPS...even the handhelds are more powerful now.
The courses mentioned give you a better idea of how to get where you want to go, even if you drop the GPS in the drink. How do you account for leeway, set and drift, or magnetic variation? Can you keep a running fix? It isn't rocket science, but it's worth taking the time to learn well, especially since you'll be single handing.
After you learn it, practice with a dry run out and back to your home port.
Last edited by ottos; 10-10-2012 at 04:48 PM.