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Old 06-12-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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I just spent a week onboard a 32' keelboat learning the basics of sailing - very basic. Now I want to learn to navigate. I plan to be a solo sailor and won't have anyone aboard to "figure things out" with.

QUESTIONS:
How or what is the best way to learn to navigate (rivers and costal)?
What are the best "how to learn" navigation books?

Do I need a Class? Online? In person?

Where can I go to buy the best charts, and what should I look for when buying a chart?

What are the best apps for navigation?

What tips do you have about navigating?

I know. That's a lot! But I'm a quick study. Just no idea where to start. I'm 60, new to sailing, but taking every class I can find!
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Lenovo T60 laptop, OpenCPN software (free) and a USB GPS dongle should get you started. Total cost about $200.00 for a basic but very asable system.

Local knowledge always supercedes maps so stay in one area and talk to people about the traps before going. Expand from there.
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The theory of navigation is available in books, sailing club courses and online. There is, however, no substitute for doing it offshore. With a knowledgable someone who has a kindly spirit looking over your shoulder, you will learn more about practical navigation, both inshore and offshore, in a weekend than you will in a classroom for a month.

The best teacher is your own logic, for nav is logical and relatively simple when you have the tools in your hand.
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