Required Vessel Navigation Lights

The Navigation Rules specify lights that must be displayed on vessels underway from sunset to sunrise, and in daylight during times of restricted visibility.  There are “Inland” and “International” Nav Rules, which are similar for the most part, but do include a few differences.  The U.S. Government Printing Office publishes the Navigation Rules, which are […]... Read More

Aids to Navigation: Range Markers

In addition to dayboards and buoys, there are a few other aids to navigation to help mariners along their way. One example is a “Range”, also referred to as “Range Marks”, “Range Markers” or “Range Lights.”  A range is a pair of large rectangular dayboards, one higher than the other, that when aligned vertically, guide […]... Read More

Spring and Summer 2016: Upcoming Classes

There are lots of great training opportunities, for both the professional and recreational mariner, coming up this Spring, Summer and Fall at World Wide Marine Training here in Oriental, NC and at other locations. We have 8 day in a row, OUPV Six Pack Captain’s courses starting on April 22 and again on June 3rd.  […]... Read More

Propeller Basics

We’ve all experienced a lack of cooperation from the wind and current in a close-quarters maneuvering situation. So wouldn’t it be nice if your boat’s propulsion system would help out just a little? There are a few principles operating when our props are turning, but they may not always be obvious to us. First of […]... Read More

Rules of the Road – The Basics

Everyone knows that sailboats have the “right of way” over power-driven boats, right?  Well, not exactly; and sometimes not at all!  The Navigation Rules are a mariner’s guide to determining the protocol between vessels underway. To begin with, a vessel’s status on the water is covered under Part “B” of the Nav Rules (steering and […]... Read More

Navigating the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

Did you ever wonder why some buoys and dayboards have small yellow triangles and squares Above their numbers? Those small yellow reflective shapes identify the Intracoastal Waterway, which is commonly referred to as the “ICW.” The Atlantic coast portion of the ICW begins at the Manasquan River Inlet in Point Pleasant, New Jersey and continues […]... Read More