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I have completed all my required courses and am now ready to start preparing my self for the 500 ton masters exam. I am working a 28/14 schedule right now am working as a crew boat capt. I have lots of down time at the dock and could really devote some serious time studying. What I need is the material to do so . I have read many people say they studied things that were not on the test. Trying to avoid this as much as possible, I was looking for suggestions on what is the best material and were I can get it from. I am considering going to fletcher if I have modules I am struggling with. I have taken all of my courses within the last year so I am current with most of the topics there. I am good with plotting thus far but nit sure what is required on this test. I also understand the terrstrial portion can be tricky. I have a strong math skills so I really need to get the info and see what I can do with it. I am looking for any and all suggestions on what and were to get material coming so I will be ready to start studying when I get to the house in a week.
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Get a copy of Bowditch and get your ass to Capt. Bruce at Fletcher. If for nothing else to learn terrestrial. What he doesn't tech you Bowditch will.
You can try and lean terrestrial on your own, and if your really good at math you might actually be successful. For a lot of us though with out somebody to show us in English what Bowditch is trying to say it would have been impossible.
Getting straight with Nate, because apparently getting right means your going to have to retake Nav Gen
Have you had a chance to go through the Master 500 GRT upgrade subforum? Lot of good info there.
Never approach anything faster than you are willing to hit it.
Also if I go the fletcher route with Capt. Bruce, do they have material to send you to study all of the modules, I would like to go over everything. Before I get into searching for another source or is everything from fletcher done at fletcher? Reason for asking is I live in Fla. so it would be nice to do some self study first so I would have a good understanding of it before I make the trip to see him.
Or is there somewhere else I should look for the other material?
The "Bowditch" they are referring to is called The American Practical Navigator by Nathaniel Bowditch.
Houston has a prep kit on like old floppy disk a buddy of mine had got. Used it a little myself and found it helpful. Think he said it was like $2k though if they even still offer it.
They gave you the floppy drive you.
Ok so I have ordered a set of the Murphy's books and have them coming. I don't have any experience with them however and was wondering if anyone could tell me if they are good for learning the material or more just a good reference source? I am also getting a prep flash drive from a company called Thomas Marine. I don't know if anyone here is familiar with them.
Would the Bowtach book still be worth while? Or does the Murphy book have the same info? Or what are it's advantages of the botwatch compared to the Murphy's. Also I wanted to ask more about the fletcher route. Do you guys know if they send you there own study material for home/boat study or is it mainly learn while you are there type place?
The former edition of Bowditch was in 2 volumes and unless things have changed, volume II (tables with explanations and a glossary) is in the testing room for reference during exams.
Bowditch is THE reference book, Murphy's are the test question pools with correct answers marked.