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In-Depth Coastal Navigation Class

Not being taught in 2013

One class: 7 hours

Can you navigate home successfully when your chartplotter and GPS fail at the most inopportune moment? Learn essential, paper and pencil navigation techniques plus electronic navigation and how to integrate both for ease, safe and successful near-coastal passage making.

Course Overview
Coastal Navigation is designed to acquaint you with all the tools, publications and skills required for successful coastal navigation, both with and without electronic aids. It consists of classroom work focusing on the theory, practice, and procedures of navigation and piloting. Learn to take advantage of tides and currents to speed you to your destination. You will be challenged with a major plotting exercise to demonstrate and teach the concepts.


  • Types of charts and projections
  • Reading the nautical chart information
  • Plotting and course determination
  • Compass: variation, deviation, compass error,
  • TVMDC conversions from chart to compass heading
  • Calculating distance, speed and time
  • Dead reckoning
  • Determining position using 3 bearing fix
  • Establishing a running fix
  • Preparing for a trip: Publications, Weather and Tide planning, Provisions and Stores
  • Electronic Navigation: using GPS, Chart Plotter, Depth Sounders, VHF, and Radar

Facilitator: Captain Lori Rainaldi

Tuition: N/A: This Class Is Not being Taught in 2013

Certification: Upon course completion you will receive:

  • A Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion
  • A Connecticut Coastal Boater Decal to be placed on their Safe Boating Certificate or Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation

    Notes: In addition to the provided materials you must have or acquire the following tools and items: (click for link)

    MTC Nav Tool Kit
    Landfall Navigation
    Marine Training Center
    Navigation Tool Kit
    • Parallel Rule (12 or 15) [NP140 or NP142]
    • Dividers (one or two-handed version 7 recommended) [NP170]
    • Pencils (mechanical w/0.5 or 0.7 mm leads are recommended) [NP1141]
    • Erasers (soft eraser)
    • Calculator (battery or solar)

    All of these items are available for purchase at Landfall Navigation. Please call in advance of the course to purchase for shipping to you or to have us set aside the equipment for you to pick up on the day of the course.