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Onboard Navigation

Onboard Navigation
Night Navigation



Onboard Navigation

Can you safely navigate without GPS? All electronics fail at some point and the prudent mariner never relies on one device or piece of information to navigate safely. This one-day, onboard training course emphasizes traditional navigation & piloting techniques and builds on the skills taught in our Basic Navigation & Piloting Class. In this course, taught onboard our 27’ Albin down east cruiser, you will practice traditional navigation techniques including determining your position by taking visual bearings, steering by compass and ranges, and executing a passage plan. This course is designed for any boater who ventures more than 100 yards from their own dock. Students will take the wheel and the binoculars to develop and hone their skills and confidence in getting safely from point A to B without GPS.

Topics:
  • Executing a Passage Plan
  • Steering by Compass
  • Ranges
  • Identifying Landmarks
  • Taking Visual Bearings
  • Plotting Fixes
    • 2 & 3 Bearing Fixes
    • Running Fixes
  • DRs
  • Maintaining a Log/Weather Observations

The Boat: 27’ Albin single-screw Down East Cruiser

Maximum Class Size: 4 Students

Class Schedule:

Call to Schedule a Private Instruction

Pricing:

Individual: $395

Strongly Recommended Prerequisite: Basic Navigation & Piloting

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Night Navigation

Being able to navigate at night is an essential skill. Whether you are planning on being underway or get caught out unexpectedly, even familiar cruising ground looks different at night. In this 6 hour onboard training course you will take out our 27’ Albin down east cruiser after dark. We will practice identifying vessel lights, navigating around commercial traffic, using Radar and AIS, and using lighted ATONs and ranges to determine our position. It is designed for everyone, from the novice boater to the professional captain. Students will take the wheel to practice and develop their skills and confidence in this aspect of boat operation. This course is highly recommended as an on the water practical follow up to our Radar & Collision Avoidance course.

Topics:
  • Preparing a Passage Plan
  • Radar & determining CPA
  • Identifying vessel traffic
  • Navigating around Commercial Traffic
  • Taking Visual Bearings
  • Steering on a Range
  • Lighted ATONS
  • Navigating around Commercial Traffic
  • VHF Communications
  • Maintaining Night Vision

The Boat: 27’ Albin single-screw Down East Cruiser

Maximum Class Size: 4 Students

Class Schedule:

Call to Schedule a Private Instruction
 

Pricing:

Individual: $495

Strongly Recommended Prerequisite: Radar & Collision Avoidance

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