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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-25-2009 01:10 PM
sarafinadh 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 01:03 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 12:53 PM
aerie 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.

Captain Gail
09-24-2009 12:08 PM
doubleeboy "Ready for Sea" - Tor Pinney

How to outfit the modern cruising sailboat and prepare your vessel and yourself for extended passagemaking.

pretty good book
michael
09-24-2009 12:03 PM
CaptFoolhardy
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Originally Posted by Cobra160 View Post

I would be more interested in taking her along on my boat with a captain/instructor. If I take her along as a classmate I will have more to handle than just what I need to do and this takes away from me.

... and in another post...

I think something like this should be fun. I love learning. I get very involved while learning. I take everything in. I get consumed. What would not be fun is worrying about what Cindy is learning or how she is doing at the same time.
Many sailing schools advise against couples taking courses together for this very reason. Furthermore, there are schools that offer courses for women only, specifically tailored to them and recognizing the fact that in many cases it is the husband's idea to take the course in the first place.
Here's one:
Womanship.com

Bob
09-24-2009 11:31 AM
CaptFoolhardy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cobra160 View Post

If anyone has any other suggestions on books I would like to hear them.
also if there is a good class book type on sailing.

Dan
Hi Dan,

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"
"Self Sufficient Sailor"
Steve and Linda Dashew -
"Practical Seamanship"
"Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia II"
Steve Colgate -
"Steve Colgate on Sailing"
"Fast Track to Cruising" - many U.S. Sailing affiliated schools (and maybe some others) use this as the text book for their bareboat and coastal cruising certification courses.
Cheers,
Bob
09-23-2009 05:47 PM
Barquito
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I've had couples in the BVI where only one wanted to become bareboat certified, and the other was along just for the vacation. The wife did learn a lot just by observing the other students go through all the drills, but didn't have to worry about passing a test. If you want to charter a boat, the charter company will also want to know the experience level of your crew, so that may be an issue for you.
Not to dredge up the wife-sailor issue (Dan doesn't need any more advice on this), BUT, I have been working through similar issues since starting to sail 5 years ago. This discussion has made me realize that there are a bunch of different sailing relationships that may work. I had hoped my wife would be the gung-ho-sailing-partner type--she isn't that interested. She can sail some, and was interested enough to take the Friends and Family course in Bayfield (with Tom E. on Andiamo). She wants to be a better sailor in order to be a safe sailing couple, but, felt overwhelmed in the class. When the time is right she may want to learn more, but for now she enjoys sailing mostly as a passenger (daysailing). Works for me!
09-23-2009 05:04 PM
SeanRW
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Originally Posted by MMR View Post
For a quick look at charts, downloadable,

go to

BookletChart™ (Experimental)

US Chart #1 has all the Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms

U.S. Chart No. 1
MMR,

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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cobra160 View Post
What I use is an Electronic flight bag so all the charts can go with me.

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.

Dan
Dan,

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.

SRW
09-23-2009 04:37 PM
Cobra160
Quote:
Originally Posted by SeanRW View Post

As for your navigational flight bag and it's sailing equivalent, well..you're not going to fit all your nav-aids and charts into any manageable bag....suitcase, maybe. You have your small scale charts for big bodies of water, large scale charts for more detail of smaller areas. Depending on where you plan on sailing that may require only a few (or even one) small scale chart but could include several large scale charts for harbors, inlets, bays etc.

As for equipment, yes, a handheld GPS will come in handy and you can certainly get GPS interfaced with software programs to run off your laptop. These will have electronic charts that are "zoom-able".

SRW
(Chief Prognosticator on HMS Titanic)
What I use is an Electronic flight bag so all the charts can go with me.

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.

Dan
09-23-2009 03:02 PM
MMR
Charts

For a quick look at charts, downloadable,

go to

BookletChart™ (Experimental)

US Chart #1 has all the Nautical Chart Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms

U.S. Chart No. 1
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