Let me introduce you to our GPS... -We don’t have one 😝 (atleast yet)! So how do we know where we are you ask? 🗺
Start by picking up 3 objects from your chart that you can spot from your boat (well apart from each other) and take a bearing of each one with a handheld compass. Write the bearings down. 📝
Did you know that the magnetic north where your compass is pointing actually moves around and changes each year? This is why you must remember to add your chart’s variation on your calculations.
You should also make sure you’ll write down the following: What time it is 🕐, how fast you’re going 💨 and to which direction 🧭. This is important, so you can later figure out where you’re going to end up.
Next, you’ll need a plotter (swipe right for a pic). Spin the wheel in the middle until the small arrow on the right is pointing to a matching course of one of the three bearings you’ve just taken. Place the plotter over the chart and align the grid in the middle of the wheel with the straight lines on the chart (latitude and longitude). Draw a line from the chosen landmark out to sea, and repeat with the other two.
At the point where all three lines cross, is where you are! .
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