How To Learn to Navigate A New Area

TOM ROWLAND PODCAST

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“It’s important to learn the lay of land while you’re sitting at home” 

Podcast Synopsis

Navigating a new area can be tricky at times, but the best times to start exploring is after 10 a.m. Though it may seem more beneficial to go around 5 a.m., there is no sun, and once the sun starts rising, there’s a harsh glare that makes it hard to see. Start by navigating in your marina, or dock, in small, consistent circles. When you are first starting this step, make sure to bring your boat back to the dock before 2 p.m., as there will be a glare forming when the sun starts to set. After about a week of continuing this technique. see if you are completely comfortable with doing small circles in the glare, and in the dark. Once you are familiarized with this step, expand your circle/path, and repeat the same process as before.

Keep listening to hear my thoughts on paper charts vs. GPS trackers when learning a new area, as well as my honest opinion on the Florida Marine Tracks Chip, a map that has every safe running route in the state of Florida.

See you on the water,

-Tom Rowland