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Navigating Mid-Coast Maine


with Coast Guard Auxiliary

Calendar May 6, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks


There are three easy ways to make boating more enjoyable:

1) learn the basics about the information found on nautical charts including GPS charts;

2) Have your charts out where you can use them when enjoying Maine’s beautiful mid-coast waters, and

3) Learn about navigation aids (they’re on the charts and on the water) so you can use them to cruise safely.

You can do all three things by

taking this class. It is an

introduction to navigation using a chart of the Boothbay area. Learn how to read a chart and become

familiar with the coastal waters between Small Point and

Pemaquid. Problem sets will help you plan cruises and understand the information found on charts (e.g. buoys, lights, water depth) and to use them while cruising the area. True and magnetic headings, variation, lines of position, chart

symbols, piloting, latitude and

longitude, and dead reckoning are explained.

The Three Rivers chart (#13293) is included.

Please bring a pencil and good eraser to the first class.

A parallel ruler and dividers are needed in the first class. If you do not have either charting tool, each can be purchased separately.


Sailing Skills and Seamanship


with Coast Guard Auxiliary

Calendar May 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Want to improve your sailing skills. Then Sailing Skills and Seamanship is the course for you. It is designed for both experienced and novice sailboat operators. The topics include types of sailboats, equipment for your boat, how a boat sails, reading the wind, points of sailing, sail controls, running, close-hauled, reaching and sail adjustments. Basic maneuvers of tacking and jibing are explained along with picking up a mooring, leaving and approaching a dock and anchoring. In addition  aids to navigation and an introduction to the rules of the nautical road are covered.

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