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This is a training course to familiarize yourself with navigation and boat lights on the water at night in a more "realistic" setting to help you understand what you are seeing at night with traffic around you and helping you locate buoys at night. This is not a formal training program and should only be used to augment USCG and other government approved documentation and training.
Lauren Alexandra, "I have only just started sailing and I didn’t even know I needed this—but I totally do!"
Maureen Marken, "If only I had these when I was first learning - world of difference and feels real."
Sandra Pitner, "Wow, that is so much more instructive than a diagram. Great!"
Susan Hanby Kelly, "I am a visual learner, so this really makes it stick in my mind. We have not done any night sailing, so this is a series I am really looking forward to watching."
Emma Paull, "This is awesome. I love the light differences so you can see - or not see how they stand out."
Jan Lewis, "This is great. For me, as a beginner, this is spot on!"
Nancy Harrison, "Thank you! This is quite timely as I’ll be crew for my first night sailing regatta/race."
The program is broken up into BEGINNER, INTERMEDIATE, and ADVANCED. The Beginner program provides video material showing each type of boat/ship you might encounter and their day signals and night navigation lights. The Intermediate program puts you on the water with multiple traffic contacts around you to help you practice reading traffic from various distances and directions at night. The advanced program takes you into or out of various ports on the East Coast of the United States at night and features correct buoys and markers based on recent NOAA charts and includes traffic coming in and out of the ports.
PLEASE NOTE: THESE VIDEOS ARE DESIGNED TO BE STOPPED FOR REVIEW OF ANY DISTANCE OR ANGLE OF THE LIGHTS.
ALSO PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS IN FULL SCREEN MODE WITH HD RESOLUTION.
less than 50 M in length
Tug with Short Tow
less than 200 m length
Tug with Long Tow
over 200 m in length
Power vessel greater than 50 m length
small power boat
power vessel under 50 m length
This is a 360 degree view of a number of boats at night. Watch this video in Full Screen, Full Resolution and stop it at each boat to practice reading the lights.
This is a practice video for sound signals on the water.
Day Shapes - Fishing Vessel
Day Shape - Towing
Day Shape - Restricted in ability to Maneuver
Day Shape - Vessel not under command
Day Shape - Motorsailing
Day Shape - At Anchor
Day Shape - Vessel Constrained by Draft
Day Shape - Vessel Aground