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    Does anyone know of a good home study Terrestrial Nav course?
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    Default Re: Terrestrial Navigation

    These guys have a good reputation, but I can't personally vouch for them:

    http://www.starpath.com/coastal/coastal_title.htm
    "Two twenty, two twenty-one. Whatever it takes."
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    I used Bowditch for everything. Its boring to read but we're not in it for entertainment right?
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    That's right Capt. Winn, and as my old signature used to say, "Nate knows"!

    But I should have added, "And Dutton speaks English".
    "Two twenty, two twenty-one. Whatever it takes."
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    Use the Murphy's Books in conjunction with Bowditch. Another important thing to get a hold of is Bowditch II because that is the book that you are allowed to take into every license exam. If you know B II from cover to cover, you will know where to look when you actually do need to use it.
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    Default Re: Terrestrial Navigation

    My room mate in college was also a big fan of a program called Captain Joe's
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    Out of curiosity, why are you looking to take a home study course for Terrestrial Navigation?

    For those seeking a first license subsequent to the implementation of STCW 95 in 2001 they (the USCG) want our butts in a chair in a classroom. The days of studying independently for, and taking the test for, a Near Coastal or Oceans license are over.

    It gets very frustrating when I try to explain that to Captains and Mates I work with. "Well why don't you just study and go test like I did?" Because the requirements are different now....
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    Default Re: Terrestrial Navigation

    Captain Joe's and Lapware.org If money is an issue use the Capt. Joe's only. You can order it for 59.99 http://uscgexam.com/

    You will need a Bowditch, Nautical Almanac for testing, Tides and currents for testing, Maneuvering boards, and a calculator. You can learn how to do it on your own. Terrestrial subjects vary depending on which license you are going for. Most of the subjects are the following:
    -Tide problem (normally the earliest time to pass over an obstruction)
    -Current problem (One of about 6-7 different types of questions)
    -Azimuth of the Sun
    -Amplitude (Either Celestial or Visible)
    -Deviation table
    -Time tick
    -Bearing problems (Some you can work out with math some have to be on Maneuvering Boards)
    -Sunrise or sunset
    -Pitch
    -Consumption

    If this is the first time you have ever looked at these problems it may be overwhelming in the beginning, it was for me. What I did was take one type of problem at a time and work it until I was doing pretty good. Or until I couldn't take it any more and then go to another type of problem. On Lapware, you can download a terrestrial test and work it out at you leisure. Also you can get the solution to the problem on Lapware and Joe's to show you how to get the answer. Before you know it you will be picking up on the mistakes that Joe's and Lapware have made in some of their solutions.
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    I just used Captain Joe's and Lapware for my C/M upgrade. Lapware is more expensive, but has more ability to create sample tests. Also, Joe's is not updated frequently enough. For example, there are Rules of the Road questions that are not on Joe's. Rules stay the same, but the wording changes. So I used Lapware for Rules, and Joe's, because of its simpler format, for most the the rest.
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    Default Re: Terrestrial Navigation

    didn't he ask about terrestrial, not celestial? your basic set/drift,,, geo/nominal range stuff????
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    Quote Originally Posted by cajuntugster View Post
    didn't he ask about terrestrial, not celestial? your basic set/drift,,, geo/nominal range stuff????

    Everything in Capt Lee's post is considered terrestrial, plus a couple of other things like distance off, fuel consumption and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Lee View Post
    -Tide problem (normally the earliest time to pass over an obstruction)
    -Current problem (One of about 6-7 different types of questions)
    -Azimuth of the Sun
    -Amplitude (Either Celestial or Visible)
    -Deviation table
    -Time tick
    -Bearing problems (Some you can work out with math some have to be on Maneuvering Boards)
    -Sunrise or sunset
    -Pitch
    -Consumption
    Yep, all of those were on the terrestrial exam, plus Mercator sailings , mid-latitude sailings and parallel sailings. Great circle was on my celestial portion.
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