is an aid to navigation
and safety afloat which, like the echo sounder it would be foolish for
modern boater to ignore.
it is important that it
should be regarded as an aid, and used in consort with more traditional
as well as an understanding of the watery environment.
well as the safety aspect of understanding how tides,
and such like
will affect your boats progress.
The more you know, the greater will be the
enjoyment and satisfaction
you will gain from being afloat.
you learn about the rare art of finding your way at sea the more
will become and the more enjoyable and enriching will be your
any voyage will be more
enjoyable if it has been planned in advance and the planning process
should be fun.
apart from being a requirement under the COLREGS, will allow you to
assess the all aspects of the trip.
Boat Navigation, before you set
and check all your
how the tide
and currents will affect
all stages of the journey.
Make sure you have all
relevant paper charts
plans including any ports which might have to be used in an
Check your compass
and make note of
the relevant variations and deviations.
Make a list of all
geographic and hydrographical
features, lighthouses buoys.
you do leave port, keep
a written record of all stages of the trip in your boat navigation log
this is also a requirement under the COLREGS.
is also a very prudent
back up to mark your progress on that paper chart.
Looking for GPS Navigation?
know that it is rare for
the latest marine GPS
units to go wrong and
they are now so cheap that many folk, like me have a spare hand-held
away, with spare batteries, in a waterproof container.
why take the risk of
relying solely on electronics.
Pleasure boating like any
pursuit becomes more
pleasurable as your
With boating this means not
the environment but
having a respect for it, in all its moods.
boat navigation the more you know the safer you will
feel and more your pleasure will be
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