1. Dinghies and Inflatables
Learn how to buy, maintain, tow, row, stow, sail & handle your dinghy or inflatable. Covers hard vs soft hulls, buoyancy, stability, stowability, durability, maintenance, repairs, safety, anchoring and more.
2. Wm F Buckley Celestial Navigation Simplified
Join this world-renowned personality for the most unique program on celestial ever. Mr. Buckley simply and clearly explains the theory and practice of Celestial Navigation and also teaches the noon shot. Using computer graphics, he illuminates the ﬁner points of GP, GHA and GMT. Worth twelve weeks of night school!
3. Powerboat Navigation With John Rousmaniere
Hosted by World renowned expert John Rousmaniere. Learn Navigation Rules, Plotting Bearings, Chart & Compass, Radar & GPS & much more! Produced in cooperation with the UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. This program teaches the step-by-step techniques for navigating with both classic dead reckoning piloting and electronic navigation instruments. Clear demonstrations are shown on the water and the simular of a Coast Guard certified navigation school. Detailed close-ups, graphics and imaginative presenations of how objects appear on the chart, radar scope and water are shown in both good and bad visibility. Subjects Covered Include: The chart and compass. GPS satellite navigation. Radar for navigating & avoiding collisions. The navigation rules. Taking & plotting bearings. Allowing for tidal current. Navigating in fog & at night. Tips & tricks for making quick decisions. JOHN ROUSMANIERE, is the author of the highly praised, THE ANNAPOLIS BOOK OF SEAMANSHIP – “The most complete and best reference book on the sport that has ever been available” according to the American Sailing Association. As one of the sports’ most acknowledged authorities, John Rousmaniere has covered more than 30,000 miles of blue water and has written 15 books on boating. Rousmaniere holds a Coast Guard unlimited radar observer certificate.
4. Rules Of The Road & Aids To Navigation
This program covers 38 United States Coast Guard Navigation Rules and Regulations, which have been developed for both inland and international waters. Not only will you learn what the rules are, but how to apply, understand and operate your vessel under any condition of visibility. You’ll also learn how to assess risk situations and to avoid collisions whether in narrow channels, while overtaking, crossing or in head-on situations to make your boating safer and more enjoyable. Subjects covered include: Requirements for navigational lights and day shapes, Maneuvering and warning signals, Towing and pushing, Sound signals, Distress signals, Sailing and steering rules for different size vessels. Our waterways are controlled by a system of markers commonly known as “Aids to Navigation.” This consists of a system of buoys, daybeacons, lights, light platforms, radio beacons and foghorns. Whether a powerboater or sailor, this excellent guide will teach you how to read these markers to improve your overall boating skills and enhance your enjoyment on the water.
5. Modern Coastal Piloting
Not only will you learn the traditional methods of coastal piloting, compass use, speed/time/distance equations, deviation and variation, bow and beam bearings, running fixes, lat and longitude, navigation aids and also the modern methods of postion determination, radar and T.D.’s.
6. US Coast Guard License Boating Course
USCG (Six-Pack) and 100-Ton Master. The Coast Guard License is internationally recognized as one of the ultimate tests of boating ability. It will not only give you the freedom to carry paying passengers on your own vessel, but can be the ticket to many high paying and exciting jobs in the marine world. This program is ideal for mariners seeking a US Coast Guard License as Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (Six Pack), or 100 Ton Master. To obtain a license, specific requirements are required. Licenses are usually awarded based on the number of years of sailing experience and the tonnage that the licensee can handle. If you are planning to take paying passengers on your boat, you will need to pass the U.S. Coast Guard captain’s exam. This program teaches all the information needed to prepare, study and pass the test. Not only does it cover the essentials of the license test, but it is the definitive program of the complete Rules of the Road, Advanced Piloting and much more. With detailed advice and exam practice, this program is your companion guide to passing the test and securing your license. Subjects Covered Include: Rules of the Road, Right of Way, Signals, Arc & Visibility of Lights, Pecking order, Lights & Dayshapes, Distress Signals, Navigation in General, Tides, Seamanship in General, Marlinspike Seamanship, Boat Handling, Safety, Regulations, Stability, Chart Navigation.
7. Interfacing Marine Electronics
Learn how various equipment can be interfaced together to give maximum navigation, sailing or fishing information.
8. Smart Boating Series – Emergencies Afloat
Emergencies at sea can and do occur when you least expect them. The difference between a manageable emergency and an unmanageable one is usually based on how prepared you are to face the problem. In this program, Captain Steve Larivee takes you on a step-by-step breakdown of some of the most common and uncommon boating emergencies and gives you the tools to competently handle them. Subjects covered include: Basic Emergency Management Procedure, Man Overboard Rescue, Taking on Water, Flooding, Swamping, Running Aground, Capsizing, Fire Fighting, Hypothermia, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Getting Rescued, Towing v’s Salvage. Bonus Materials – The Bonus Material section can only be accessed via your computer. Please insert the disc into your drive and navigate to the folder named “”Bonus Materials””. Bonus Material includes: Beaufort Wind Scale, Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations, Homeland Security Warning, Nautical Dictionary, Navigational Aids Chart, Pre-Departure Checklist, Printable Float Plan, PWIA Environmental Guide, PWIA Riding Rules, State Towing Laws, Survival Kit, Types of PFD, USCG Rules Of The Road, Vessel Fuel Log, VHF Marine Radios Frequencies.
9. Smart Boating Series – Rules of the Road
Learn an overview of the Rules of the Road that all recreational boaters need to know. You’ll be exposed to everyday situations and learn how to handle each one correctly. Subjects covered include: Right of Way, Safe Speed, Risk of Collision, Sound Signals for both clear and Reduced Visibility, Navigation Lights. Bonus Materials – The Bonus Material section can only be accessed via your computer. Please insert the disc into your drive and navigate to the folder named “Bonus Materials”. Bonus Material includes: Beaufort Wind Scale, Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations, Homeland Security Warning, Nautical Dictionary, Navigational Aids Chart, Pre-Departure Checklist, Printable Float Plan, PWIA Environmental Guide, PWIA Riding Rules, State Towing Laws, Survival Kit, Types of PFD, USCG Rules Of The Road, Vessel Fuel Log, VHF Marine Radios Frequencies.
10. Smart Boating Series – Basic Navigation
So you’ve got a brand new Global Positioning System (GPS) and are ready to take on the oceans! Well what are you going to do if it fails? How do you know you’ve inserted your data correctly? How do you know if you’re receiving correct information from the satellites? Navigation is invariably the basis by which you will first be judged by your passengers. This program relies on a number of sources of information to check navigation information. Captain Steve gives you the knowledge to use manual methods to cross check and support your electronic navigation and the tools to give your passengers the confidence to ride aboard with you whether you’re heading across the river or across the ocean. Subjects covered include: Plotting Positions by Latitude & Longitude, Chart Symbols & Navigation aids, How to Plot a Course, Time, Speed & Distance Calculations, Dead Reckoning. Bonus Materials – The Bonus Material section can only be accessed via your computer. Please insert the disc into your drive and navigate to the folder named “Bonus Materials”. Bonus Material includes: Beaufort Wind Scale, Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations, Homeland Security Warning, Nautical Dictionary, Navigational Aids Chart, Pre-Departure Checklist, Printable Float Plan, PWIA Environmental Guide, PWIA Riding Rules, State Towing Laws, Survival Kit, Types of PFD, USCG Rules Of The Road, Vessel Fuel Log, VHF Marine Radios Frequencies.
11. Smart Boating Series – Aids to Navigation
Few things can be more intimidating to any boater than the systems of buoys and beacons that decorate our waterways. Making sense of it all isn’t really hard once you know how to look at the system from a different perspective. By looking at the big picture and breaking the system down, you’ll get a better understanding of just why these markers and buoys are where they are and have a better handle on how to make sense of them. Join Captain Steve on a tour of both lateral and non-lateral aids to navigation, regulatory markers and the systems of both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Western Rivers. Subjects covered include: Lateral Aids, Characteristics, Non-Lateral Aids, Intracoastal Waterway Marks. Bonus Materials – The Bonus Material section can only be accessed via your computer. Please insert the disc into your drive and navigate to the folder named “Bonus Materials”. Bonus Material includes: Beaufort Wind Scale, Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations, Homeland Security Warning, Nautical Dictionary, Navigational Aids Chart, Pre-Departure Checklist, Printable Float Plan, PWIA Environmental Guide, PWIA Riding Rules, State Towing Laws, Survival Kit, Types of PFD, USCG Rules Of The Road, Vessel Fuel Log, VHF Marine Radios Frequencies.
12. Smart Boating Series – Requirements for Recreational Boaters
All boaters must ensure their boat is equipped with all the required equipment. You could just look at a list, but that won’t explain the details of each item. In this program, Captain Steve takes you on a video tour of the equipment required on your boat and explains why they’re required. Learn what characteristics to look for in the equipment and how to use each item. Also details the equipment recommendations that will make your boating smarter, safer and more enjoyable. Packed with engaging, interactive questions, Requirements for Recreational Boaters will have you equipped to handle whatever the sea or Mother Nature throws at you! Subjects covered include: Introduction, Required Equipment, Recommended Equipment. Bonus Materials – The Bonus Material section can only be accessed via your computer. Please insert the disc into your drive and navigate to the folder named “Bonus Materials”. Bonus Material includes: Beaufort Wind Scale, Nautical Chart Symbols & Abbreviations, Homeland Security Warning, Nautical Dictionary, Navigational Aids Chart, Pre-Departure Checklist, Printable Float Plan, PWIA Environmental Guide, PWIA Riding Rules, State Towing Laws, Survival Kit, Types of PFD, USCG Rules Of The Road, Vessel Fuel Log, VHF Marine Radios Frequencies.
13. The Boaters Guide to GPS
GPS gives boaters the peace of mind of knowing where you are, where you’ve been & where you’re headed. All boaters have highly detailed digitized charts and GPS navigation available to them at a very reasonable cost. Even though these navigators are fairly simple to use, GPS devices can be intimidating to many users. With just a little effort anyone can easily learn to operate their equipment with proficiency and confidence. This program shows you the many ways GPS can assist on the water and just how easy it can be to take full advantage of this advanced technology. Most all boaters know that having a GPS navigator on board that takes them back to the dock or launch ramp under any weather condition is a huge advantage. GPS not only eliminates the worry of getting lost on the water, it shows you the way to any destination you want to go to. There are many valuable reasons for having a GPS chart plotter when you’re out on the water. This program explains how satellite navigators are necessary for different applications ranging from inland lakes and waterways, to inshore and coastal waters, to offshore navigation on the high seas along with the different types of maps and charts that are available. Learn the various ways your boat’s position can be marked and saved, how remote locations can be entered as waypoints, how routes can be formed and saved using waypoints, maps or charts, how routes can be recalled and navigated to, how to record your boat’s track and how alarms and alerts can be set up and activated. It also explains features such as weather map overlays, sun and moon rise and set times, tide and current charts, built-in points of interest and the various types of navigation displays available and those that are best for certain applications. If you want to see just what GPS can do for you, how they operate along with the latest information on what is available, the Boater’s Guide to GPS is just what you need! You’ll learn: What GPS can do, Choosing a GPS Unit, Getting Started, Position Format, Accuracy, Maps & Charts, Speed, Course, Saving Waypoints, Identifying Waypoints, Going to Waypoints, Checking Routes, Routes, Forming Routes, Following Routes, Navigation, Tracks, Recording Tracks, Following Tracks, Alerts & Alarms, Sun & Moon Information.
14. Mayday! Mayday! The Mariners’ Guide to VHF Ship-to-Ship, Ship-to-Shore Communication
A VHF radio is one of the most important tools on board a boat. Like any other tool, however, there are right ways and wrong ways to use it. The quickest way to determine the competence of a boater is not by his docking abilities but by his use of the radio. Although the VHF radio is relatively easy to operate, there are some very important features about the use and operation that all boaters must know. The VHF radio is one of the most valuable pieces of safety equipment you can have onboard. It can be used to deliver a call for assistance, provide the latest weather reports and keep you in touch with other boats and marine facilities on the water. This program covers the different types of VHF receivers available including the types of transmissions, range, power and specific features. It outlines the U. S. and International requirements and provides information on how to obtain a VHF license, permits and the Maritime Mobile Service Identity or MMSI numbers for DSC Radios. Included are the different VHF channels and their uses along with information on how to monitor the radio. It provides specific, step-by-step instructions on how to place both emergency and non-emergency calls including Mayday Calls, Securite Calls and Pan-Pan Calls. It also teaches what you should do when you hear a Mayday Call including Seelonce Mayday, Seelonce Distress and Mayday Relay. DVD Menu: VHF Radio Basics, License, Permit & MMSI, Types of VHF Radios, Channels, Monitoring the Radio, Placing Non-emergency Calls, Placing Mayday Calls, If You Hear a Mayday Call, Securite Calls, Pan-Pan Calls, Weather Broadcast.
15. Hikers & Backpackers Guide to GPS
Make Getting Lost a Thing Of The Past. Your Hikes Will Be More Fun & Worry Free With the Right GPS. Learn HOW TO Pick the GPS That Fits Your Budget & Hit the Trail. GPS gives hikers the peace of mind of knowing where they are, where they’ve been & where they’re headed. (New Paragraph) Handheld GPS units are made for a variety of outdoor uses and operation manuals are not provided specifically for hiking applications. This program focuses entirely on their use and benefits for hiking and safety purposes. Instead of relying solely on a paper map and compass, hikers can use GPS to navigate the great outdoors whether on a one day hike or a long, extended trip. (New Paragraph) When it comes to choosing a GPS, there’s a myriad of choices. This DVD teaches you the features that are of most utility to the hiker and backpacker and how to use each one. (New Paragraph) You’ll learn what GPS is, how it works and what it can do for hikers/backpackers. Since there is a long list of features and functions available for the numerous makes and models of GPS receivers, we’ll show you what to look for in a receiver. (New Paragraph) You’ll learn: Setting up your GPS * Use of different map formats * Planning your hike * How to set up waypoints * Marking and saving your position * Going to a location * Planning, forming and following routes around obstructions * Advantage of a barometric altimeter * Plotting elevation profiles * Using the GPS compass v’s an electronic one * Saving trails * The return trip * and many, many more GPS features to enhance your hikes.
16. The Boaters Guide to Improving Your Boat’s Fuel Economy
Learn HOW TO Reduce the COSTS of Fuel Consumption & Boat Operation. If you want to learn HOW TO reduce the costs of boat operation & improve your boats fuel economy, the Boater’s Guide to improving your Boats Fuel Economy is just what you need! Increased fuel prices are hurting commercial and sport fishermen, charter boat operators and recreational boaters. Saving fuel is a complex issue, dependent largely on your particular vessel and how you operate. There isn’t much boaters can do about the price of fuel, but they can follow some basic procedures to help reduce the amount of fuel needed and lower the cost of fuel consumption. Saving money on boat fuel can be as easy as simply slowing down or as complicated as replacing a boats engine and results vary greatly depending on the vessel. This program offers tips for conserving fuel along with fuel saving suggestions for re-powering boats. By following a few simple steps and procedures, boaters can lower their vessel fuel costs without drastically changing day to day operations and boating activities. If you’re in the market for a new or used boat, you’ll also find tips and suggestions to help you make the right purchase decisions. DVD Menu: Engine & Hull Maintenance, Propellers, Navigation, Weight Considerations, Fueling the Boat, Boat Operation, Fuel Saving Options, Purchasing Considerations.
17. The Boaters Guide to Using Marine Radar
Learn HOW RADAR can assist you on the water, HOW TO USE IT as an aid to SAFE navigation & COLLISION avoidance. Radar is the most interactive aid to navigation. Using it with competence demands far more expertise than with a GPS unit. The primary purpose of marine radar is to serve as an aid to collision avoidance. It can increase boaters’ safety on the water more than any other electronic devise allowing boaters to “see” through rain, darkness, poor visibility and fog. It can confirm your position relative to landmarks and navigational aids and alert you to other vessels and coastal outlines. However, the ultimate value of radar and all electronic equipment lies with the boater’s ability to understand and properly use the information on the display. Within the last few years the costs of radar units, especially the smaller LCD display units, have been substantially reduced, making it feasible even for small boats to take advantage of radar equipment. This program teaches boaters’ what radar is, how it works and how you can get the most from these important navigators. It teaches boaters how alarms can be set, to alert you that targets are entering a particular location or that your own boat is nearing a dangerous area. Echo trails can help you access the movement of targets relative to your own boat. Radar can also be used to determine your position to back up chart information, electronic aids to navigation and used to navigate to a specific location. For Fishermen, Radar is often used to locate sea birds that help them locate fish and improve their catch! This program covers radar resolution, beam width, pulse repetition rate, including an explanation of minimum and maximum detectable ranges. Subjects covered include; Radar controls such as power, gain, scanner, standby and transmit, A/C rain controls, A/C sea controls, display controls, range, range rings, VRM (Variable range marker), EBL (Electronic bearing line), plot, echo trails, relative and true bearing modes, shifting off center, zooming, interference rejection, guard alarms, echo stretch, ARPA, or Automatic Radar Plotting Aids and AIS (Automatic Identification Systems). It also teaches boaters how to interpret the radar display, radar pictures, radar interference, target properties, multiple echoes, blind and shadow sectors, side lobe echoes, target material reflections and the effects of precipitation. Principles of Radar: Types of Radar Antenna
Types of Radar Displays, What Radar – Can Do For You, How Radar Works, Radar System Configurations, Radar Range, Unusual Propagation, Radar Terminology, Radar Controls. Radar Picture and Marks: Measuring Range, Measuring Bearing, Sea Clutter, Rain Clutter, AIS, ARPA, Aids to Navigation. Interpreting the Display: Radar Picture & Target Properties, Target Material & Reflected Echo, Precipitation, Influence of Waves & Precipitation, Advanced Radar Operation.
18. The Boaters Guide to Twin Screw Boat Handling
Learn Maneuvers, Docking, Wind & Current, Controls & much more! An excellent hands-on guide to the basics of twin screw boat handling for twin screw power boats in a variety of different situations. Divided into five sections this program covers: the basics of the controls, maneuvers, docking & undocking in slips, wind & current compensation and engine failure tactics. This step-by-step approach to the basics of boat handling uses a “hands on” viewing system, which enables you to get a real feel of performing a variety of basic and complicated maneuvers. This format allows you to gain not only the knowledge, but also the experience of handling a twin screw power boat of any size. Features illustrative examples and demonstrations filmed in real time, that show what (and what not) to do in split screen, screen on screen format. Several characteristics influence the control of any vessel. A basic understanding of how each of these characteristics influences boat handling is necessary before you can attain competence in handling a twin-screw vessel. A knowledge of the natural conditions that may also affect your boat’s operation and the ordinary problems that can arise are essential to master the skills of twin screw boat operation. DVD Menu: The Basics – Covers all the controls and their positions: • Steering wheel • Throttles • Shift Controls. Basic Maneuvers – Demonstrates actual movements and the effects created from using the controls: • Steering with the wheel • Spinning the boat using shift controls • Spinning the boat using shift controls & steering wheel • Spinning the boat using shift controls, steering wheel & throttle. Docking Maneuvers – Shows how to approach and enter a slip or dock and exit from these locations: • Safely leaving the dock • Returning to the dock • Approaching the dock • Pulling up slowly, only using shift controls • Tying the boat up to the dock: the cleat hitch (coiling the line) • Remaining in control until boat is secure • Leaving the dock when in between two boats (fore & aft) • Returning to dock and “parallel parking” between boats • Pulling out of a boat slip • Returning boat to the slip • “Walking the boat” (making the boat go sideways). Wind & Current – Teaches how to compensate for wind and currents in docking maneuvers: • Compensating for effects of Wind • Compensating for effects of current • Pulling into slip • Pulling back out of slip. Engine Failure – Having an engine go out is one of the major problems for twin screw boats. Learn the proper techniques to maneuver with only one engine: • What to do when one engine quits on you • Docking to Port with port engine out • Docking to Port with starboard engine out • Fending off, if things don’t work out.
19. Don’t Hit the Dock – The Boaters Guide to Boat Handling & Safety In and Around the Marina
A Must-Have for Every Level of Boater! Teaches Mooring & Docking, Wind & Current, Rules of the Road, Navigation Lights, Safety, Fuel & Waste Management. An excellent hands-on guide to boat handling and safety in a marina or harbor for the novice or refresher for the experienced boater. Divided into six sections, this program will help boaters gain valuable information about handling a boat safely and responsibly in and around marinas, launches and inlets. Teaches: GENERAL: Weather, Safety Equipment, GPS, VHF Radio, Dealing with Emergencies, MOB, Flooding, MAYDAY. MOORING & DOCKING: Types of Boats, Paddle-wheel Effect, Backing & Turning, Effects of Wind & Current, Types of Docks & Slips, Approaching & Departing Docks, Entering & Departing Slips, How to Cleat a Dock Line, Mooring Buoys. RULES OF THE ROAD: Right of Way, Boat Crossings, Channels, Great Lakes, Sailing Vessels, Restricted Visibility, Navigation Lights & Sounds. FUELING THE BOAT: Ignition Potential, Fuel Spill, Starting the Engine. WASTE MANAGEMENT: Gray & Black water, Trash & Cleaning your Boat.
20. How to Buy a Powerboat
Lear the roles of dealers, brokers, surveyors, insurance and bank finance agents when purchasing a new or used powerboat. Also covers types of vessls, maintenance and construction.
1. Dinghies and Inflatables