Coastal Piloting and Navigation
This course provides information, experience and substantial practice in the knowledge and skills required for safe coastal navigation without the use of electronics or GPS . Upon completion, students will be able to navigate safely in reduced visibility through the use of nautical charts and other navigation tools. Fundamentals of the purpose, use and application of GPS, Radar, VHF radio, depth and speed indicators, etc. are included. This course is appropriate for those just beginning and those with intermediate coastal experience. Participants practice and reinforce their skills with exercises, problems and applicable theory culminating in a final exam and practicum. Required tools and materials include a current Casco Bay Chart (#13290), parallel rules or protractor and nautical dividers. Students will also want to bring a hand held calculator and #2 pencils with erasers. We strongly recommended that you wait until after the first class to purchase the listed items so that you may view examples of tools that are least expensive & easiest to use. It is also recommended to obtain or borrow a copy of Chapman’s Seamanship And Small Boat Handling, or find a used edition (which will more than suffice) for significantly less at sites such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
Instructor: Phillips H. Sargent
Dates: Monday, March 14 - April 25, skip 4/18
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: YHS, room B127