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David Burch’s notes and tips for weather planning from Astoria to points north

Here are David Burch’s slides and notes from a talk he gave a the Portland Yacht Club on March 11, 2017. David’s presentation outlined the basics of weather routing and planning when heading north from Astoria, Oregon, with a focus on the Oregon Offshore Race. But the info he presented is also relevant for cruisers who […]

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Network connections to navigation software

In anticipation of our new Starpath eNav Trainer (an integrated, multi-vessel GPS, AIS, VHF, and heading sensor simulator), we have here a few notes on how to make a network connection to your navigation software. The process is very similar for all software, with differences only on how you access the needed input screens. Then […]

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Navigation Lights—The R2AK short course

No matter how sophisticated our navigation electronics might be, safe navigation at night boils down to keeping track visually of where you are relative to navigation lights—on buoys, lighthouses, or posts in the water. Recall that the lookout, Maureen Jones, warned the third mate in charge of the Exxon Valdez that the crucial Bligh Reef […]

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