Monday, January 26, 2009

How to Read a Chart - SEMINAR

Planning a trip with your boat this summer?

Charts are a great tool in understanding the waterways in which you plan to boat. But what do all of those symbols represent anyway? HAVE NO FEAR - HELP IS ON THE WAY!

Peters Marine Service and the US Power Squadron will be offering the following course:

'How to Read a Chart'

When: Saturday January 31st from 10:00 to Noon

Where: Peters Marine's Boating Safety and Skills Classroom, 1402 Union Blvd, Allentown, PA

Cost: $30 Materials Fee (Participants will receive the NOAA Chart #1 and Student Note Book)

CALL TODAY and RESERVE your seat: 610-433-1606.

This seminar walks you through what you really need to know in an entertaining and interesting fashion, and provides you with a Maptech Waterproof flip-fold waterproof Chart Symbols and On-the-Water Guide to take along on the boat with you. In addition to showing you all about your chart, this seminar walks you through the essentials of laying out a safe course, steps to measure a course with the USPS plotter, and even a quick guide to the rules of the road.

Even with GPS and electronic navigation, the chart is needed to tell you what is around you and between you and your intended destination. A system of symbols is used to tell you what lies below the surface of the water and the depths of water. There is key information about visible landmarks and navigation aids to help you navigate your course. The chart also is your link with the GPS via its grid scale, compass rose, and distance scales. A brief introduction to latitude and longitude provides insight to the operation of GPS receivers.

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