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    Hi,

    Sorry for posting in the anoymous section but my pc won't currently let me sign up for some reason. Anyway I'm a current deck cadet in phase 3 and I'm compiling a nav science/cel nav work book with examples done in lectures to take away with me on future trips and when I qualify as a 3rd officer, to use as a reference when needed on-board (ie calculating composite circles/sextant correcions etc).

    Is there any other information that would be good to include in this book? For instance, I was thinking about writing up morse code in one of the back pages. Before anyone asks, I do already have a nav workbook that I used onboard last time but it is scruffy with pages falling out. I want this book to be neat, easy to read and last many years into my career.

  • #2
    if your going to include mores go for flags and meanings (there is a good copy at the back of the ALRS has all 3 for letters and nubers on one page)

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    • #3
      This is a great idea, I also made a purpose book for being a 3rd, basically a smartened up nv work book with maintenance etc included too, sizes of spanner for which job etc.

      I agree with Lewis use the ALRS, I included buoyage in mine, reminders of definitions, list of actions in an emergency situation etc
      dont forget you will start this for yourself but as soon as you start teaching cadets yourself you will use it too. Check through some old orals papers and include anything that caught you out.

      Best of luck mate

      Spence
      www.the-mariner.co.uk

      If you would like to ask any questions please comment on my blog or you can email
      [email protected] and I will be happy to help if I can.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
        Hi,

        Sorry for posting in the anoymous section but my pc won't currently let me sign up for some reason. Anyway I'm a current deck cadet in phase 3 and I'm compiling a nav science/cel nav work book with examples done in lectures to take away with me on future trips and when I qualify as a 3rd officer, to use as a reference when needed on-board (ie calculating composite circles/sextant correcions etc).

        Is there any other information that would be good to include in this book? For instance, I was thinking about writing up morse code in one of the back pages. Before anyone asks, I do already have a nav workbook that I used onboard last time but it is scruffy with pages falling out. I want this book to be neat, easy to read and last many years into my career.
        Hi there,

        Can you post some info as to why you're unable to register I'll try and sort it out for you. Though, we don't seem to be experiencing any current problems with new user registration.

        To boldly go.....
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        • #5
          I was thinking about trying to make something similar possibly in preparation for my orals. Idea was to include things which are in books perhaps already in books but just the bits I need. Like I've got loads of books that I've probably only used 4 or 5 pages in.

          Some of the things I was thinking of were the definitions of light sequences, like what quick flashing, occoulting etc actually mean. Also some of the maintenance and safety related stuff, such as lists of checks for for LSA equipment or procedures for launching the rescue boat, sort of thing I know when I'm stood in from of a lifeboat but struggle to reel off when asked in an exam.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gadget123 View Post
            I was thinking about trying to make something similar possibly in preparation for my orals. Idea was to include things which are in books perhaps already in books but just the bits I need. Like I've got loads of books that I've probably only used 4 or 5 pages in.

            Some of the things I was thinking of were the definitions of light sequences, like what quick flashing, occoulting etc actually mean. Also some of the maintenance and safety related stuff, such as lists of checks for for LSA equipment or procedures for launching the rescue boat, sort of thing I know when I'm stood in from of a lifeboat but struggle to reel off when asked in an exam.

            Hi, its the orginal poster. To Randomist, I think it may be a problem with my connection here rather than your boards. Sign up seems to time out but posting here works. Anyway to Gadget above; That sounds like a good idea but more like a revision notebook, buoyage and lights seem to stick with time or you can always look in the COLREGS on the bridge. I would say the main point of me doing this book is to have worked examples we have done in class of calculations to take away to refer back to. Once we do a worked example in class I usually mark the page to show its the correct method for when I write it up in my book - or sailors bible .

            Then if the captain tells you to calculate estimated sunrise time or amplitude etc and your mind goes blank (as you haven't done it in a while) I can refer back to these worked examples. Because god knows at the moment if I haven't done a great circle calculation using napiers rules in about a week and I don't have my previous work in front of me I can't remember the format for calculation. Maybe these memories come with time but so many calculations use similar methods and formulae that I'm hoping this book with compartmentalise them neatly for me. But as I said before, any other suggestions for entries are very welcome!

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            • #7
              Aaaaaaaahhh great circle sailing by napiers rules... That takes me back.... Interesting fact.. I am the ONLY person to have done a correct compass error in our log, the others just seem to write down the difference between gyro 1,2 & 3! Ha!

              Totally with you on light definitions etc I also included those. Along with your worked examples you should consider also having a blank pro forma after it that you can just photocopy or fill in in pencil so you have a familiar format that you always follow!

              As for launching a lifeboat etc it's different on each vessel and the instructions are displayed adjacent to them so don't be too surprised if they dont look the same.

              The seaman ship notes book was brilliant when I did my orals and still use it all the time now!
              www.the-mariner.co.uk

              If you would like to ask any questions please comment on my blog or you can email
              [email protected] and I will be happy to help if I can.

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