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  1. #1
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    Default Tools to plan passage

    Hi,
    my current sailing is unfortunately close to my sailing club - new to sailing on sea and boat is not yet ready. But I would like to make some planning, often just out of curiosity. I wonder if there is some tool, ideally browser (online), which would give me more less accurate information about tide, distance, etc etc. Do you know such tools?
    Of course, before real passage I would prepare one on paper.

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Navionics web.
    You can sync it if you want with the paid version on your phone or tablet.
    https://webapp.navionics.com
    Last edited by Scala; 02-09-19 at 21:32. Reason: typos
    Graham. "Scala" now sold. Boatless.

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Pencil, paper, charts and Reeds.

    Charts or Reeds do not need to be up to date if you are just practicing.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    The best planning software I have found for use in the real world, as opposed to a training tool, is Neptune passage planner. This is only for windows pc though although I see an android version is being prepared. http://www.neptune-navigation.com/

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    I would be very suspicious of anyone who could run a navigation package but not be able to use a chart. The OP wants to learn, which is right. There may be packages available online for all I know, but for most people sitting down to a book and doing exercises is going to be the best option. The geometry and arithmetic is really not difficult, but it is necessary to know the right/best way of doing things as certain errors can creep in.

    Classes are also available, so I am told, on the basis of 'if you can't, teach'.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    I don't think it's a good idea to use gadgetry until you are thoroughly familiar with the traditional ways of planning a passage and navigating.
    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Start with Almanac and maybe a pilot book, to get the tides and general advice on any difficult bits such as the Needles or Portland.

    You need to understand the issues, not just get an answer.
    It's not always necessary to be precise, but you need to understand what will happen if you don't make the progress you expect or the wind direction changesand you can't head where you want.

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    Start with Almanac and maybe a pilot book, to get the tides and general advice on any difficult bits such as the Needles or Portland.

    You need to understand the issues, not just get an answer.
    It's not always necessary to be precise, but you need to understand what will happen if you don't make the progress you expect or the wind direction changesand you can't head where you want.


    It's also more fun!
    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Pencil, paper, charts and Reeds.

    Charts or Reeds do not need to be up to date if you are just practicing.
    And don't forget to make sure you have sharpened your quill, have a full inkwell, nothing worse than running out of ink halfway through.

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    Default Re: Tools to plan passage

    Night school Day Skipper shore based courses used to be available, starting in September and running through to the spring. Maybe worth contacting local education dept. in your area to see if they still run them.

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