Bet you didn’t know one animated picture could show you a bunch about using a sextant. Navigating these days is GPS and other electronic aids for most of us, but having a manual fallback only makes sense, especially if you are really embarking on a voyage.
I don’t recommend this as the be-all, end-all knowledge base, but its an interesting start.
PassageMaker Magazine and their popular TrawlerFest events has an educational tract that might be worth checking out if you’re in the area (or could be).
PassageMaker University Solomons, MD Seminar Schedule
September 23, 2008 – September 24, 2008
PassageMaker University (PMU) is an educational extension of Trawler Fest and takes place the Tuesday and Wednesday before every Trawler Fest event. PMU courses are rich in content and allow you to learn in a controlled setting among peers. Course offerings are below or email [email protected] for more information. Registration is by phone and seats do fill up quickly, so call now to register: 888.487.2953. Each course costs $450 for two days of instruction as well as lunch each day.
I mentioned a source of back episodes (Big Mouth Boat Supply) one time before, but realized that I never really referred to the show. John Greviskis is the host of this cable series. Each episode is 30 minutes and covers various boat building, repair and upkeep issues. They usually have a "project" to detail which is based around a certain manufacturer’s products. They will have product experts showcase the materials used. Factory tours and various "behind the scenes" clips are often interesting.
Sometimes things are geared a bit "simple" or are a bit sales oriented for my taste, but I’ve learned of several products I didn’t know were available, and often the advertising is as informative as the show 🙂
Check their web page for show times and channels in your area.