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|09-25-2009 12:10 PM|
for a do it yourself kind of guy looking at
Seaclear and OpenCPN
are navigation programs with pretty robust features. Implementation to get up and running seems a bit tricky, but worth it I think.
|09-25-2009 12:03 PM|
|aerie||You also asked about charting software to use on your PC. Most boats I have crewed for are using Nobeltec. If you get AIS (highly recommended in order to see shipping traffic) it will display on the Nobletec chart.|
|09-25-2009 11:53 AM|
Consider taking the Ocean Sailing Seminar offered by the Cruising Rally Association: Cruising Rally Association | Offshore sailing - Adventure, Camaraderie, Competition
For bluewater sailing experience you can volunteer to crew in the Caribbean 1500 or Atlantic Cup. I have done this every year since 2005 and have learned so much, and have also made life-long friends after spending 5 to 14 days together on an ocean passage. You can learn a lot by sailing with people who are more experienced.
|09-24-2009 11:08 AM|
"Ready for Sea" - Tor Pinney
How to outfit the modern cruising sailboat and prepare your vessel and yourself for extended passagemaking.
pretty good book
|09-24-2009 11:03 AM|
|09-24-2009 10:31 AM|
I mentioned some authors in a previous post but I'll fill in some titles for you.
"The Annapolis Book of Seamanship" by John Rousmaniere is excellent, a must-have.
"The Cruising Handbook" and "How To Read A Nautical Chart" by Nigel Calder
"The Voyager's Handbook" by Beth Leonard
"The Complete Sailor" by David Seidman, this is an excellent introduction to sailing and it's the book I learned from.
"Chapman Piloting and Seamanship" an encyclopedic volume that is probably the most complete reference available on all aspects of boating.
I haven't read these titles but have read other things by these authors and consider them to be excellent resources:
Lin and Larry Pardy -
"Storm Tactics Handbook"Steve and Linda Dashew -
"Practical Seamanship"Steve Colgate -
"Steve Colgate on Sailing"Cheers,
|09-23-2009 04:47 PM|
|09-23-2009 04:04 PM|
Originally Posted by MMR View Post
Thanks for the link. Great resource !!!
I'm planning on getting me a copy of Bowditch as a reference onboard. Thinking of investing in a sextant and a course in it's use. If only for the hobby aspect.
You're right about the books. Some can be contradictory and then you throw in the web for even more confusion !! But....my personal opinion is that the more information I have the better. I can separate the "wheat from the chaff" as I go. There's a lot to be said about information overload but there's also little nuggets in them thar books'n blogs.
|09-23-2009 03:37 PM|
Originally Posted by SeanRW View Post
I think this is the same as the Chart plotters you linked me to. I have all the hardware it is the same as my airplane unit. I just need software. I have a good start though thank you. The way I do it in a plane is have a backup handheld GPS totally independent of my main EFB. In the boat it would have to be in a water tight container (Ziplock). I have the same redundancy with my radios I just keep a handheld that has VOR and COM in my flight bag.
Looking up books on Amazon, the internet is great!. I understand your meaning on using the web over just books also that is why I am here. Funny how the books say the same or opposite thing. Look on the internet but, take it for what it is worth. Believe the book. I find that using both gets me ahead of the game.
|09-23-2009 02:02 PM|
For a quick look at charts, downloadable,
US Chart #1 has all the Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms
U.S. Chart No. 1
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