Category Archives: Navigation

Chart 18446 Lab Exercise – Crew Class–Part 1

Chart familiarization Lab Exercise done by the sailing crew class in the Fall of 2011.  This has examples of common questions encountered by small boat operators.  The Exercise was worked as a group effort by the students at each table. … Continue reading

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Where Are You In Puget Sound?

“Where are you” is a common question you hear on the VHF radio most any day in Puget Sound.  Sometimes the answer is a bit humorous such as “Puget Sound you idiot” or “A great fishing spot.” But sometimes the … Continue reading

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Introduction To U.S. Aids to Navigation – Examples from Shilshole Bay, Puget Sound

Understanding what an Aid To Navigation (ATON) means and looks like from just the symbol on the chart can be very difficult for many boaters. This is a narrated PowerPoint introduction  to U. S.  Aids to Navigation.  Individual chart symbols … Continue reading

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Introduction to U.S. Aids to Navigation

A short illustrated introduction to the U.S. Aids to Navigation System with pictures of Aids to Navigation (ATON’s) from the Seattle area.  The PowerPoint presentation is narrated and is about 10 minutes in length.  A formatted for printing PDF file … Continue reading

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Important Seattle Area Boating Information

Information to help you stay out of trouble with the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard when boating in the Seattle area. July 1, 2013 – Post Updated The Seattle Harbor Patrol has published a very nice booklet (available from the … Continue reading

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Marine Sound Signals

This is a PowerPoint presentation I have given several times covering Sound Signals for the Rules of the Road in Puget Sound.  Puget Sound does have some Local Customs with sound signals and the Ferries.   This is a subset … Continue reading

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Navigation Exercise 2

NAVIGATION EXERCISE # 2 This is a basic Navigation exercise but the problems are typical of those seen by a recreational boater.  The questions are “Bite Sized” and except for one question, each question stands alone from the others. This … Continue reading

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Nautical Training Charts

NOTE: NOAA plans on stopping the printing of the lithograph charts in April 2014.  The training charts should be available as a print on demand chart but I have been unable to determine if training chart prices will be discounted. … Continue reading

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