4- Coastal navigation ASA 105

Course Code: SAIL-004

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.

Duration: 3 months

Course outline:By the end of the course students will be able to :

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:

  • Large scale charts of the area and Chart #1
  • Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats
  • USCG Navigation Rules and Regulations Handbook
  • State small vessel regulations
  • Local rules and regulations, if applicable
  • Local cruising guides
  • Tide and current tables, (paper or electronic)
  • List of lights, buoys, and fog signals

4.Describe the instruments required for prudent navigation in the local area including the following minimum requirements:

  • Steering compass and deviation table
  • Handbearing compass and / or pelorus
  • Binoculars
  • Protractor or parallel rule
  • Depth sounder or leadline
  • Pencil, eraser, and notebook
  • Dividers
  • Watch or clock
  • Log / Knotmeter

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.

Prerequisites: None

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