Boston Harbor Navigation


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Getting around Boston can be incredibly challenging if you don’t know where you’re going.  The same is even more true on the water.  Just like the city itself, Boston Harbor is full of obstacles and obstructions.  Whether it’s a truck stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive or a boat stuck on Lower Middle; not knowing the proper route can cause a lot of problems.  Using both old and new school navigation methods, this course is designed to give you a thorough repertoire of the best places to explore, and the spots to avoid.  Featuring both on land and on-the-water components, you’ll learn all the secrets to figuring out those age-old (sailing) questions: Where am I?  Where am I going?

This course will prepare students looking to pass their green flag written-test.



This class is hosted in 2 formats:

  • A single weekend day from 10am to 4pm
  • Two weekday evenings from 5pm to 8pm


  • Using a compass and/or hand bearing compass to navigate
  • Using local charts to identify areas that are great for sailing and areas that are best to avoid. You can buy NOAA charts or view them online for free.
  • Using navigational tools such as parallel rules, dividers, and a wristwatch
  • Constructing a proper float plan
  • How to estimate how long it will take you to reach your destination
  • Using tide charts and local weather forecasts to safely determine your destination and route
  • Best practices for what to check before departing and after arriving back at the dock

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