Cruisers College April Seminars

Cruisers College April Seminar 2017

Women: Build Your Boating Skills

with Capt. Linda Lewis

Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. $95

Part 1: Learn How to Navigate – Using the Tablet Program “Navionics” As Your Learning Device

The most popular tablet navigation app among recreational boaters is “Navionics”. Download it to your iPad or Android tablet (or smartphone) and bring it with you. We’ll use it to learn about: chart colors and symbols; putting in a route; monitoring your speed and course; finding tide and current information; pin-pointing your boat’s position; and how to tweak the program’s basic settings. You’ll leave with the ability to practice navigation at home, put in your next trip’s route, and figure the timing of the currents. When you take the tablet on-board, you can use it as a back-up to your boat’s marine navigation system. And you’ll be way ahead of the game because you have already made a plan!

Part 2: The Dance of the Sugar-Plum Currents 

Don’t fight the currents; dance with them: underway, at the dock, and at tidal narrows. Should you be in the center of the channel or the edge? Is there a role for the Autopilot when you are underway in ‘currenty’ water? How do you know what the current is doing at the dock? What does the word “slack” really mean? We’ll work problems to make sure you know when places like Deception Pass or Dodd Narrows or Seymour Narrows are safe for transit.

Part 3: The Electronics’ Alphabet: AIS; RADAR; VHF-DSC-MMSI

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) and RAdio Detection And Ranging (RADAR) are both designed to help avoid collisions. Do we need both? What are the caveats in using them? We’ll explore how to use them well. Then there is the little red button on the VHF Marine Radio. Learn how to use the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) button and understand what it does (and does not do).

Register here.

All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.



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