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cthoops 04-16-2013 06:07 PM

Recommended coastal navigation books?
Mr. cthoops (aka Pegu Club) and I just purchased our first sailboat - whee!

We will be sailing this summer in a completely unfamiliar area for us. We took the ASA 101 class last summer and it touched on charts, but we want to learn how to really understand them, how to figure out exactly where we are on the chart, etc. The last thing we want to do is hit a rock on our first outing - and in Long Island Sound there are plenty of those!

We could take the ASA Coastal Navigation course but budget is an issue right now - after all, did I mention we just bought a boat? :)

Any good books that you can recommend that we could read to teach ourselves?


Minnesail 04-16-2013 06:16 PM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
I just finished the ASA 105 course a month ago, it was good, but I think I would have done nearly as well with just the book and material. You can order those without taking the course, although at $70 that's not cheap either....

Coastal Navigation Manual (Pyzel) & Course Presentation CD

npettett 04-16-2013 06:19 PM

ASA Webite
All the classroom material for ASA classes is available on their website including Coastal Navigation.

rockDAWG 04-16-2013 06:26 PM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
For a starter, this is the best. Easy to read and understand with many colorful pictures :laugher

capttb 04-16-2013 06:41 PM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
Coast Guard Aux. has classes that are very good and reasonable near you, call today see if you can still get in the class that started last night.;)
Public Education Course Flyer: Weekend Navigator
USCGAUX Public Education Classes - Find By Zipcode

MedSailor 04-17-2013 12:11 AM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
Chapman's. Chapman piloting and seamanship 66th edition is the title to be exact. Buy a used one from a few editions ago and it'll be just fine. The fundamentals haven't changed.

While not exactly a how-to, it does tell you how to navigate and it is THE reference by which all others are judged. Every boat should have a copy, and even if it's navigation chapters don't teach you the art of navigation you will use it frequently for reference to look up questions you have from your courses or other books.

There is also a free PDF version here, but every boat SHOULD have a hard copy.

PBzeer 04-17-2013 12:48 AM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
For myself, this is the essential It covers so many aspects of owning, maintaining and handling a boat.

cthoops 04-17-2013 08:35 PM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Our copy of Chapman's will arrive on Friday and I am busy investigating all of the other suggestions!

Faster 04-17-2013 08:40 PM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
US Power and Sail Squadron courses are usually reasonable and will provide a good basic introduction to piloting and charting.

CarbonSink62 04-18-2013 09:28 AM

Re: Recommended coastal navigation books?
Some good advice here.

I'm taking the Power Squadron navigation course now (second class was last Tuesday) and I just ordered Calder's cruising book (used, Amazon, $15).


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