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02-18-2016 06:01 PM
Aswayze I am in Kansas as well.

SailKC has Asa 105 on their list of available classes. They do not do it every year but at least have it available.

I have not done significant boat nav in many years but teach land nav and many principles do cross over. If nothing else, go take some land nav classes so you at least learn about compass use, plotting a course, declination and intersection/resection. While I do have a nice Tamaya sextant and all my navvy tools, I am confident that were all of the many gps units on my boat to fail I could still manage the Keys or Bahamas with my charts log book and compass.
02-18-2016 04:14 PM
cascoamarillo
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

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Originally Posted by sharkbait View Post
If you buy $550 worth of beer I'll teach you to navigate and sail in the Bahamas
If you put it that way it sounds more desirable; I like the way you think.
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Theoretical or hands-on?
02-18-2016 04:02 PM
sharkbait
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

If you buy $550 worth of beer I'll teach you to navigate and sail in the Bahamas
02-17-2016 03:31 PM
cascoamarillo
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

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Originally Posted by hangupndrive View Post
Asa 105 is the best, most methodical coastal nav course anywhere.
Well, it should be; $550 for an online course. Iím really into learning the theory but I think I will wait for it until I really need the certificate. My closest ASA certified school also offers ASA 105 with in-situ classes for $599 (12 hours total).
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Otherwise, if you're just looking for a good book, The Weekend Navigator by Bob Sweet covers topics the vast majority of recreational boaters would need.
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Yep, I am definitely going in to this. This March the US power squadron is giving a navigational course by Bob Sweet (who apparently lives in the area), 4 hours for $20. Taken!
02-17-2016 11:24 AM
fschaefer4
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

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Originally Posted by hangupndrive View Post
Asa 105 is the best, most methodical coastal nav course anywhere.
@hangupndrive , I can just order the ASA 105 materials and go through it on my own, correct?

Our situation is we're land locked and want to take 103 and 104 sometime this summer. Until then, I'l like to do as much learning as possible.

So even if we end up taking the actual ASA 105 course, it would be fun to work on it now.
06-02-2014 01:30 PM
hangupndrive
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

Asa 105 is the best, most methodical coastal nav course anywhere. It is more intensive than that which is required for the USCG Captain's exam. Unlike Power Squadron (which is a great organization), ASA certifications are accepted at virtually any Charter base worldwide. You can learn on your own if you are reasonably comfortable with concepts of vectors and trigonometry. The course prepares you to navigate in all waters within sight of land.

Otherwise, if you're just looking for a good book, The Weekend Navigator by Bob Sweet covers topics the vast majority of recreational boaters would need.

Have Fun!

Doug Powers
ASA Instructor, 101, 103, 104, 105
S/V TOTORO
Seattle, WA
06-02-2014 12:36 PM
Andrew65
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

StarPath nav school in Seattle WA. has a wide variety of good home study courses complete with online participation. Not too expensive and very imformative.

I agree with TQA about learning about the weather. Setsail has two free online books. Dashews book on the weather in interesting.

Andrew
09-20-2013 08:16 AM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

Anyone in the Army or who goes bush walking has learned.

Hand held GPS plotters like the Garmini 76 CX have nav games on them that can help you, in a fun way, to become more orientated to the environment... eg learning what north 'looks' like.

As on-land exercises you can use Google Earth (or wifey can lay a course) to plot a course in a large local park (Central Park in NYC would be perfection.) most cities have one, then navigate you way aound it.



Mark
09-20-2013 06:43 AM
Yorksailor
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

Navigation in books is far more complicated than necessary. Come on my boat and we will cover up the chart plotter and you can get me across 500 miles of open water or just a few 50 mile jumps.

We once had two people refuse free berths on an English Channel crossing because I refused to use the GPS and planned to use the lighthouses that you can see from 20 nm...providing it is not foggy...when it helps if you do know what's in the books!
09-19-2013 11:54 PM
gamayun
Re: Learning navigation while land-locked?

I recently joined the CG Auxiliary and they had a workshop on navigation. Really intense and much to practice before I take the test, but what an awesome learning experience. Except for the dues and uniform, all this training is free. Something I never knew -- many of the auxiliary members are part of the air patrol and never set foot in a boat.
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