About Wayne Middleton The Boating Tutor
The Boat Skipper Course:
Parts of a Boat / Nautical Terms
Includes: stem, stern, bow, quarter, transom, chine, motor cockpit, gunwale, cabin, deck, port, starboard, fore, aft, centre-line, draught, freeboard, windward, leeward
Boating Safety Equipment
Anchor, chain and warp, boathook, sharp knife, bucket, bailer, foghorn, heliograph, bungs, torch, compass, depth finder, lifejackets, buoyancy aids, throwing quoit, distress flares, EPIRB, secondary means of propulsion, spare rope, radio telephone, fire extinguisher, chart, radar reflector, painter, protective warm clothing
Main anchor types, eg. Fisher’s pick, Grapnel, Plough (CQR), Danforth, Bruce
Main fire extinguishers, water, dry powder, CO2
Life jackets, sheltered water, buoyancy vests, buoyancy garments
Use of safety harness in yachts
Rules & Regulations
Rules of the road at sea
Where the rules apply
Maintain lookout and safe speed
Determine risk of collision
Overtaking and being over taken
The head-on situation for power boats
The crossing situation for power boats
When sailing boats have the wind on different sides
When sailing boats have the wind on the same side
When a sailing boat is under power
When a sailing boat which is sailing meets a power boat
Avoiding hampered vessels, including large vessels in channels and within harbour limits.
From a compass read the boat’s heading and find the reciprocal.
Indicate the general direction of the land if it becomes obscured.
The need to correctly align a steering compass, locate in view of the helmsman and keep as free as possible from other magnetic influences.
The Chart (Using a local or selected chart)
Symbols and abbreviations used for soundings, dangerous rocks, beaches, cables (overhead and submarine)
The compass rose as a ‘protractor on a chart’ indicating direction.
How to measure distance on a chart.
Latitude and longitude (brief & simple, relate to GPS readings).
GPS (very basic, how to plot onto chart, danger of too much reliance on, etc)
Tides and Weather / 60 minutes
Neap and spring tides.
Where to obtain tidal information.
Name the direction of wind and tidal flow.
Where to obtain weather forecasts.
Strong wind warnings.
The interaction of wind and tide.
Launching and retrieving
Anchoring and landing on a beach
How a boat steers at sea, head sea, following sea, beam sea, power and trim, use of a sea anchor
Stability - dangers of overloading, placing and shifting weights in a boat and free surface effect
Danger of using nylon as a tow-rope
Crossing harbour bars
Buoy and Beacons
The colours, shapes and uses of lateral marks, cardinal marks, isolated danger marks, special marks, safe water marks and cable marks (submarine and overhead).
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