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Weekend Navigator

$ 70 usd
Thu, Oct 3, 2024, 7:00 PM EDT – Thu, Dec 12, 2024, 9:00 PM EST
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Thu, Oct 3, 2024, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EDT
Thu, Oct 10, 2024, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EDT
Weekend Navigator

Weekend Navigator This 10-week course is an instructor-led hands-on course that teaches the timeless techniques of traditional navigation, so you never have to rely solely on electronics. You will also learn how to apply electronic navigation tools and how to use and understand nautical charts. Class exercises are based on nautical charts of Casco Bay in Maine. You will learn how to plot a course, read a chart, take bearings and navigate using piloting techniques. You will learn how to use devices like a chart plotter, radar, AIS and VHF radio and how to apply Rules of the Road. Instructors continuously update the course with external content to keep it fresh and up to date. (Please note there will not be any class session during Thanksgiving week.)

See this link for Navigation Tools needed for this course: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fEEVHVrwBo1ybIYjYUw4ETrK9SDsUHb5/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103836934286378198696&rtpof=true&sd=true


1.Introduction to Navigation, Fundamentals of Waypoint Navigation, Tools required for Class.
2.Charts, Plotting Tools, Compass Rose, Plotting Exercises.
3.Calculating Distance, Marine Compasses, Aids to Navigation, Meaning of Water Depth and Height, Plotting a Course with Multiple Legs, Introduction of Major Class Project.
4.Initial Debrief on Class Project, Summer Thunderstorms, Introduction to OpenCPN and Electronic Navigation.
5.State of Nautical Charts, Basics of Chartplotter use, Fuel Management.
6.Chartplotter Setup and Use, Bearings and Establishing a Fix, Avoiding Danger.
7.Avoiding Danger (Con’t), Tides and Currents, Calculating Set and Drift.
8.Radar Topics, Running in Fog
9.Using Depth to Navigate, AIS, VHF Radios, EPIRB’s
10.Networking, Data Sharing and Telematics, Rules of the Road


Ben Wechsler


Michael Fortier

USCG Auxiliary Instructor/Boat Crew

Peter Poulin

Lead Instructor

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