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Map & Compass - Night Navigation on the Water

Night Navigation on the Water Organize Trip Into Short Legs Use a Point on the Horizon Use Ranges Inline with the Horizon   Use Handrails

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Night Navigation on Water... Keeping track of your position as you paddle away from the known point of your starting position is kayak navigation.  

At night, whether hiking, mountain biking, or kayaking, your planning must be more detailed.  

While underway and actually kayaking you must pay more attention to details.  Distance must be measured more accurately, the time must be watched more closely, more attention must be paid to your speed made good, bearings must be measured more closely, and bearings must be followed more closely.

Here is an example of applying more attention to detail while kayaking at night.

On the water when it looks like this outside:  it is pitch black, you can hardly see the paddle in the water. Organize your paddle plan into legs:

Leg 1: 180 degrees until you bump into Heron Island.

Leg 2: Follow the west shore of the island until you are at its southern tip, use of a handrail.

Leg 3: Measure the bearing to the entrance of Cathedral Cove. 

Sight it across the dark water, pick a spot on the horizon, and resume paddling.

Note:  Just as in the day, you can use ranges (the alignment of objects) to keep a course. Note:  A good idea is to highlight the shore and islands on the map you are using; so you can see where water ends and land begins. Leg 3: Measure the bearing to the entrance of Cathedral Cove.  Sight it across the dark water, pick a spot on the horizon, and resume paddling.

Note:  Just as in the day, you can use ranges (the alignment of objects) to keep a course.

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Phone: 928-767-3061

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