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Ace Your 105, Coastal Navigation Written Sailing Exam

Essential coastal navigation knowledge for safely living the sailing cruising life
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 4h 41m
Language: English
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This is a comprehensive sailing course in coastal navigation, It is also a prep course for ASA 105 Coastal Navigation and a  prerequisite for 106,  It is packed with navigation learning and helpful for mastering seamanship.  It is  divided into 9 chapters – several with practice navigation practice problems and solutions, plus 7 appendices of supplemental content.  Additionally it is salted with the author’s hard-won tips and insights on how to remain safe and smart under sail.  .  .

You will learn

✓ Learn the navigational theory and best practices to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters
✓ Safely plan and chart day-sail and multi-day courses, with consideration for winds, weather, tides, currents and other factors
✓ Gain new navigational skills, including quick and accurate dead reckoning plots, chart appreciation and value, use of navigation instruments, the US Aids to Navigation (ATON) system, Light lists, variation and deviation, transits and more
✓ Gain the knowledge and preparation to ACE your 105 sailing exam.
✓ Demonstrate best practices and proper conventions to plot dead reckoning positions quickly and accurately


• This is a stand-alone home-study course on navigation. You need no prior experience or sailing knowledge.
• However if you are new to sailing, consider taking 101 or 1 03 for a solid grounding in sailing fundamentals
• You will need to purchase NOAA chart 1020-TR in order to use this course effectively. And have a few navigator’s tools.

This course is for

• If you have progressed through 104, and committed to the next step toward sailing mastery. or with equivalent experience, and is committed to coastal and off-shore cruising
• If you desire to become the navigator aboard a sailing or cruising yacht
• If you are preparing to take ASA106 (passing ASA 105 is a prerequisite)
• If you are curious about how to safely navigate coastal waters anywhere in the world
• If you are on a path to living the the cruising dream or just want more sailing knowledge for now
cruiser, charter/delivery captain, ASA instructor, old salt
Following undergraduate studies at Princeton University and a military tour of duty in the Pacific, Howard’s three-part work career included (1) corporate staff positions with Hewlett Packard and Atlantic Richfield, (2) entrepreneur building four companies, and (3) management consultant and trainer in the field of organizational transformation and development. He has trained thousands of Fortune 1000 employees throughout North America and Asia in organizational change, leadership development and teamwork. 
His sailing resume includes yacht deliveries, sailing instruction, captaining sailboat charters in the San Juan Islands (Washington) and Desolation Sound (Canada) between May and October and charter captain and  instructor in Florida and the Caribbean between November and April. In his spare time he writes about boating and seamanship.
He has sailed U.S. East Coast ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to Key West, Florida; the Florida Gulf Coast; and U.S. West Coast  from Alaska and Canada to Mexico.  He has enjoyed sailing yachts in Florida, the Bahamas, Bermuda, B.V.I’s, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Puget Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound (Canada), British Columbia, Alaska and the Sea of Cortez, Cuba and west coast of Mexico. He has held the position of navigator in several long distance sailing races. Additionally he completed a six month solo voyage with his golden retriever.  And is recently returned from one year of cruising Mexico and sailing the “Pacific Puddle” to Tahiti.
Howard holds U.S. Merchant Marine Officer license #1155804, for motor and sail vessels up to 100-gross tons. He holds his instructor’s and commercial pilot’s license.  He is an American Sailing Association instructor, certified in Basic Keelboat (101) through Advanced Coastal Cruising (106).
My passion for the sea and commitment to share skills and knowledge are boundless. Few things give me more pleasure than to travel beside you on your journey to build your sailing confidence and expand your sailing knowledge and take essential steps to living your dream.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 4h 41m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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