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Marine Navigation

Skillfully navigating the waterways is not only rewarding, but essential to boating safety. Learn how to navigate the waterways using a marine GPS, compass, RADAR, and nautical charts, and boost your boating confidence by knowing the Coast Guard Navigation Rules and navigation lights.
  1. Navigation Definitions (7)

Marine Navigation
Learn marine navigation - the art of navigating the world's waterways - using nautical charts, a compass, marine electronics and various marine publications.

Coast Guard Navigation Rules - Operating at a Safe Speed
The Coast Guard Navigation Rules, also known as the Rules of the Road or Nav Rules, are a set of rules governing the safe navigation of your boat, which includes proceeding at a safe speed. Learn what it means to operate your boat at a safe speed according to the Navigation Rules.

Coast Guard Navigation Rules - Maintaining a Proper Lookout
The Coast Guard Navigation Rules, also known as the Rules of the Road or Nav Rules, are a set of rules governing the safe navigation of your boat, which includes maintaining a proper lookout. Learn how to maintain a proper lookout while boating for the sake of safety.

How to Read a Nautical Chart - Part 1
Learning to navigate can seem like an insurmountable challenge, but when broken into manageable pieces, it becomes simpler. The first steps are to learn the basic components of a nautical chart, and how to interpret the information for safe navigation.

Plot a Navigation Course
Plot a course on a nautical chart, and use time, speed, and distance calculations to run the course to your destination.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Provides online access to Chart No. 1, American Practical Navigator, USCG Light List and other printed navigation aids.

Ocean Graphix
Purchase up-to-date navigation charts through the only NOAA-approved source of nautical charts.

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