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    ASA 105 COASTAL NAVIGATION

    This course presents all of the fundamental skills of navigation, with emphasis on techniques useful to cruising sailors. 6-Week classroom only course starting  March 6th from 6-8pm.

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Coastal Navigation - Class Materials

Coastal Navigation meets at The Riverboat on Tuesday evenings from 6 to about 8 pm. At the first class, we'll hand out the training chart, parallel rules, and dividers that you'll use for the homework each week, along with the textbook. At the third class, we'll hand out copies of the Eldridge Tide and Pilot Book that we'll use for tide and current problems both in class and in the homework.

We'll begin classes 2 through 6 by going over the homework from the previous week and reviewing the most important concepts and skills. So if you have to miss a class, you can download the Problem Set, read through the class slides and textbook, and be confident of catching up the next week.

CLASS 1: 1/9/18

TOPICS

Levels of Navigation

Navigator's Responsibility

Navigator's Tools

Latitude and Longitude

The Compass Rose

Chart Symbols

Plotting a Course

Dead Reckoning

CLASS 1 MATERIALS

Problem Set 1 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 1 Slides (2MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 1, 2, 3, & 5

CLASS 2: 1/16/18

TOPICS

Lines of Position

Compass Bearing

Range

Depth Contour

Compass Correction

Aids to Navigation (Buoys & Lights)

Reliability of Fixes

Danger & Turning Bearings

CLASS 2 MATERIALS

Problem Set 2 (pdf - year 2018)

Class 2 Slides (57MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 4, 9, & 10 (pp 58-63).

CLASS 3: 1/23/18  

TOPICS

Tidal Forces

Tide Tables

Height of Tide at any time

Rule of 12ths

Correcting for Leeway

Back Bearing

Running Fix

CLASS 3 MATERIALS

Problem Set 3 (pdf - year 2017)

Cuttyhunk Pond chart (jpg) to use in answering question 3

Class 3 Slides (1MB pdf)

Suggested reading:  Coastal Navigation chapters 6 & 12.

CLASS 4: 1/30/18 

TOPICS 

Reversing Currents

Current Tables

Velocity of Current at any time

The Cape Cod Canal

Current Charts

Set and Drift

The Current Triangle

Solving Current Problems

 CLASS 4 MATERIALS

Problem Set 4 (pdf - year 2017)

Class 4 Slides (250KB pdf)

Suggested reading: Coastal Navigation chapters 7, 8, & Appendix pp 114-115.

Suggested reading:  Eldridge Tide and Pilot pp 44-45 (Cape Cod Canal regulations).

CLASS 5: 2/6/18 

TOPICS 

Review of Current Problems

Woods Hole and Quicks Hole

Ranges and Bearings in Current

GPS:

Waypoints, Range & Bearing

Cross-track Error

Speed & Course Over Ground

CLASS 5 MATERIALS

Problem Set 5 (pdf - year 2017)

Class 5 Slides (31MB pdf)

CLASS 6: 2/13/18  

TOPICS 

Navigating in Fog

Collision Avoidance

VHF Radio

AIS

Sources of Weather Information

Analysis of Weather Forecasts

Storms, Thunderstorms, and Squall Lines

The Sea Breeze

CLASS 6 MATERIALS 

 

SOME HELPFUL LINKS

Coast Guard Navigation Center

NOAA Office of Coast Survey

  • Home
  • Chart Number 1 download page
  • Coast Pilot download page

Tides

  • Tides Online

Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Weather

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