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    Piloting and Bowditch.
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2009 Jul 31, 17:52 -0700

    Piloting of small and large ships requires expert knowlege and speed
    for position finding.
    The US Navy has in Regulation the requirments for safey when in
    restricted waters. The Navy requires a team of personnel and good
    equipment to do what seems to be alway a safe jouney into dangerous
    waters. But after this we still run aground. I think that the fault is
    in the basic training and the reference publications such as Bowditch,
    course books and school training.
    I have a 1977 NO9 and a 2002 NO9, What a difference (Let Down) in the
    piloting section.
    The Navy did at one time teach and expect you to get a  good fix no
    matter the situation or equipment, but no, with the Black Box who
    needs know how?
    Also the SURFACE WARFARE OFFICERS changed much of their teaching to
    the Electronic Chart, thats great but the input must have a
    knowlegable Navigator Evaluator.
    In my pass life, I was called to evaluate ship Navigation.
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