Cruising Essentials Guide
Chapter Table of Contents

Chapter 5: Navigation, Communication, Weather
Introduction, Goals & Overview
Navigation Tools & Books Needed
Navigation Instruments Needed
Dead Reckoning
 
  • Compass Adjustments
   
  • Magnetic Variation
  • Compass Deviation
 
  • Real Course Adjustments
   
  • Leeway Adjustment
  • Current Adjustments
     
  • Estimating Current Adjustments
  • Course Adjustment Triangle
  • Drift Adjustment Triangle
  • Calculating Unknown Current
 
  • Log Book Entries for Course Adjustments
  • Drawing Your Course on a Chart
   
  • Course Plotting Symbols
  • Course Plotting Steps
 
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Dead Reckoning

Electronic Chart Plotting

 
  • Overview
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
Recommended Navigation Method, Paper/GPS
 
  • Overview
  • Course Plotting Steps for Paper/GPS Navigation
  • Log Book Entries for Paper/GPS Navigation
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
Ten Sources of Navigation Information
 
  • Chart 1
  • US Ocean & Lake Charts
  • US River Charts
  • Cruising Guides
  • US Coast Pilot
  • Notice to Mariners & Local Notice to Mariners
  • Light Lists
  • Tidal Charts & Tables
  • Local Knowledge
  • Pilot Charts
Chart Characteristics to Learn Before you Cruise
 
  • General Chart Characteristics
  • Chart Symbols
   
  • Red Nuns & Green Cans
  • Safe Water Mark
  • Isolated Danger Buoy
  • Miscellaneous Chart Symbols
Tides & Currents
 
  • Tides at Main Stations
  • Tides at Subordinate Stations
  • Currents at Main Stations
  • Currents at Subordinate Stations
Weather Sources
Planning a Cruise
 
  • Gathering the Information
  • Analyzing the Information
  • Check the Weather for a Departure Time
  • Drawing Your Track Line
Autopilot Interface to GPS
Radar
Waters Covered & Special Needs of Each
 
  • Coast & Coastal Islands
  • Inland Waterways
  • Rivers
  • Great Lakes
Communication (VHF, SSB, EPIRB, PLB)
Advanced Study Guides

 


 

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