Able to apply the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
1. Explain the chart symbols and conventions on U.S. nautical charts in accordance with the terminology of Chart #1.
2. Identify a source of official U.S. Coast Guard navigation publications.
3. List the publications required for prudent navigation in the local area including:
4. Describe the instruments required for prudent navigation in the local area including the following minimum requirements:
5. Describe the purpose and example contents of a "Notice to Mariners."
6. Explain the terms and characteristics used for lighted navigation aids.
7. Explain the significance of shapes, colors, and lights used in the U.S. Aids to Navigation (ATON) system.
8. Use the tide and current tables to find:
9. Convert courses and bearings between true, magnetic, and compass.
10. Check compass deviation by a transit bearing or other means.
11. Plot a dead reckoning position on a chart using speed, time and course to steer.
12. Allow for the effect of current and leeway to plot the estimated position.
13. Determine a course to steer which takes into account known current and leeway.
14. Determine current given the course steered and speed and two observed positions.
15. Plot a chart position from terrestrial objects using:
16. Chart a course of at least 20 miles and three course changes using the above skills.
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