As we near the end of the season, those of us in “winter weather” areas are counting down the days to spring and summer—and to getting our boats back in the water! As we patiently wait for the start of our favorite season on the water, there is still plenty to be done on dry land; like brushing up on our navigation skills.
Whether it’s a big commercial vessel or a small recreational boat, one should always have access to nautical charts on board. Not only that, but knowing how to read one of these charts is important while navigating the waters.
Many may think that nautical charts are the same as maps, when in fact they are much different. Nautical charts specifically depict what a boater should look out for so they have a smooth and safe ride.
In this BoatSafe.com article, the author discusses the basics of chart reading. It provides tips and insights with visuals of charts, and a real-life example of how to navigate the waters.
Before you get out on the water this upcoming boating season, it’s always a good idea to review boating basics such as this one.