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Own Boat Electronics

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Your general boating experience can be greatly improved by a greater understanding of your onboard electronics (Navigational Aids). Knowing how to set up or tune your Radar can make it much easier to interpret and to integrate with your chart plotter or charts. Radar is not only an aid to collision avoidance it is also a powerful navigation tool. Being able to navigate in poor visibility using Radar is a very underestimated skill that professional skippers use constantly but under-utilised by leisure boaters.

A modern chartplotter can be integrated with other electronic devices such as Radar, to give a highly detailed graphical representation of obstructions and traffic around you. Automatic Identification System (AIS), again is a great system if and when used correctly. AIS has a number of disadvantages that need to be understood. When integrated with Radar and a chart plotter you will have much better situational awareness, be better informed and able to make better navigational decisions.

As boat owners are likely to have different systems: B&G, Raymarine, Garmin, Simrad etc. these one day courses are carried out on your boat with your electronics packages.

Pre-course experience Have a basic understanding of your Navigational Equipment
Assumed knowledge It is recommended that the candidate holds am RYA VHF License
Minimum duration 1 day
Minimum age 16 years
Course content

• Understand your plotter
• Introduction to RADAR
• Introduction to AIS
• Integrating your systems
• Interpreting RADAR and AIS data
• Using RADAR for navigation

Ability after the course

You will have a greater understanding and proficiency in the use of your Electronic navigation aids

Obviously it’s important to know how to use your electronics equipment and have confidence in it before you need to use it. If for instance you have RADAR fitted to your boat and you unexpectedly find yourself in poor visibility you are expected to able to use it to avoid the risk of collision. IRPCS Rule 5.


Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and or the risk of collision.



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