Navigation Course Book and Chart

Navigation Course Book and Chart

You get the following:

  • 1 Course Book
  • 1 Full Size NOAA Training Chart
  • Plotting Problems and Solutions
  • Chart No. 1; Chart Symbols

Most boaters do not buy a boat to use as their primary source of transportation. We buy boats so we can enjoy spending time on the water. Whether going 1 mile or 100 miles our adventures on the water are unlike any we experience traveling on “the hard” (the land). In order to be relaxed on the water we must be confident that we have the skills to navigate our vessel safely. The purpose of this book is to illustrate basic coastal navigation techniques in a practical and straight forward way. Developing your navigation skills will give you confidence in your ability to navigate your vessel safely and successfully.


The Course Book illustrates Navigation Techniques including:

  • Selecting and reading nautical charts.
  • Chart Plotting
  • Dead reckoning
  • Piloting
  • Determining Position
  • Magnetic Compass Corrections
  • GPS (Global Positioning System)
  • Creating Waypoints
  • Cross Track Error
  • Trip Planning
  • Reading Tides and Current Tables
  • Effects of Current on Plotted Courses

The navigation problems are an excellent way to practice navigation skills illustrated in the course book. The courses are plotted by the student directly on the

Full Size (37 x 44 inch) NOAA training chart provided. Chart Number 1, which
provides an explanation for all of the Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on the
chart is printed on the reverse side of the chart.

The Course Book thoroughly prepares you to solve the plotting problems presented.

Plotting Problems include:
How to select the particular chart needed to enter an unfamiliar harbor.

Determine the Compass Course of a course-line you have plotted between two buoys.

Determine the exact distance of a trip plotted between two points.

Calculate the time required to get to your destination and the estimated time of arrival.

Determine your position in Latitude and Longitude at any giving time during a trip.

Calculate the fuel needed to complete your trip.

Identify the depth of water and the quality of the bottom at a given time during your trip.

Determine the Latitude and Longitude coordinates of a buoy you want to enter into your

GPS as a waypoint.

Determine your position in Latitude and Longitude by taking compass bearings to a light

house and water tower you see on land.

Determine how to adjust your plotted course to offset the effect of a cross current.

Determine the Compass Course, Magnetic Course, and True Course of a rhumb line

plotted between two buoys based on the local variation and the vessel’s deviation table


What time is slack water on January 10th after the first ebb tide. (Current tables


What is the maximum speed and direction of the Flood tide on January 8th. (Current table


What is the time of low tide on January 6th. (Tide table provided).

What is the time of high tide and the tidal range on January 7th. (Tide Table provided.)

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