Learn Chart Navigation in St. Michaels

January 9, 2015

Yachting Journal

  • Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master—shown here using parallel rulers to chart a course—will teach a chart navigation course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to help boaters better understand how to plan for a cruise using navigation charts, course plotting, and navigational aids when electronics are not available.
  • A chart navigation course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will cover identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; reading, identifying objects and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; and other instruction on planning a cruise.
  • Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master—shown here using parallel rulers to chart a course—will teach a chart navigation course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to help boaters better understand how to plan for a cruise using navigation charts, course plotting, and navigational aids when electronics are not available.

  • A chart navigation course at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will cover identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; reading, identifying objects and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; and other instruction on planning a cruise.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a two-day chart navigation course which begins on Saturday, February 21 from 10-noon and concludes Sunday, February 22 from 1-3 p.m. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed. 
 
Led by Captain Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, this course is designed to teach participants the necessary steps needed to plan a cruise using navigation charts, which includes plotting courses to safely pilot a boat from one place to another. Boaters interested in being more proficient in navigation will learn techniques to determine a boat’s location without the use of electronic aids. 
 
The course will cover reading, identifying objects and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; and other instruction on planning a cruise. 
 
A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for more than 56 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats, and teaching navigation courses. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buy boat Winnie Estelle.
 
The program takes place in the museum’s Dorchester House and is $25 for CBMM members or $35 for non-members, with pre-registration needed by emailing CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jenn Kuhn at afad@cbmm.org or calling 410-745-4980. 
 
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