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Learn chart navigation at Chesapeake museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering a two-day chart navigation course which begins on Feb. 21 from 10-12 noon and concludes Feb. 22 from 1-3 p.m. Participation is limited, with pre-registration needed.

Led by Captain Jerry Friedman, a Coast Guard-licensed master, this course is designed to teach participants the necessary steps needed to plan a cruise using navigation charts, which includes plotting courses to safely pilot a boat from one place to another.

Boaters interested in being more proficient in navigation will learn techniques to determine a boat’s location without the use of electronic aids.

The course will cover reading, identifying objects and plotting on a navigation chart; determining latitude and longitude to identify a boat’s location; using a compass rose, including the effects of deviation and variation; understanding the rules of the “road” on the water; identifying navigation aids, such as buoys, lights, daymarks, and ranges; and other instruction on planning a cruise.

The program takes place in the museum’s Dorchester House and is $25 for Museum members or $35 for non-members, with pre-registration needed by emailing museum boatyard program manager Jenn Kuhn at or calling (410) 745-4980.