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Old 09-29-2020, 09:38 AM
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I am new to boating and I would like to start off by learning my immediate area south shore long Island . I was looking for a map or a app that will help me learn the local navigation aids and waterways.
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I would go to a West Marine and get a paper chart. That way you can sit down and study it at your convenience.
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Use the Navionics ChartViewer https://webapp.navionics.com/#boatin...y=u_jxFvwf%7DL
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long island is a long island . where will you be
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long island is a long island . where will you be
This. Keeping your boat in Oceanside is quite a different story than keeping your boat in Islip, or the Hamptons.....but all the South Shore.....
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Lots of good books to read. Start with Chapman’s.

Take a boating course at the local Power Squadron, or USCG Auxiliary.

Do the online course on BoatUS, even if not required by your state, or for your age group.

Enroll with Tow BoatUS or SeaTow, whichever has better representation, AND REPUTATION, in your boating area.

Don’t be the newbie eejit out on the water who assumes it’s all easy.

Be safe, enjoy, and welcome to THT.
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All good suggestions above and would take most of them but I think that befriending someone familiar with your area to help show you around and get some basic boat rides under your belt would be worth it.
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This is chartporn!
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I like the idea of a printed local map with markers. I'll check West marine . I'll be docked not far from moriches bay. That will probably be my first area to learn and fish. A 21 foot Searay. I Will be taking a boating course.
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Careful with moriches inlet. Years ago there was the only time I came close to falling overboard. And when I say close I mean I was all but in the water-- I was wearing a heavy sweatshirt and my friend literally grabbed my hood one-handed and pulled me back before I hit the water. He joked afterwards that I was lucky he was a born offensive lineman or he wouldn't have reached my hood or had the strength to pull me back.
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I like the idea of a printed local map with markers. I'll check West marine . I'll be docked not far from moriches bay. That will probably be my first area to learn and fish. A 21 foot Searay. I Will be taking a boating course.
Might be worth hiring a captain for your first couple trips

Make sure you have all safety gear

Always file a float plan
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I have a BIG chart of the water I most frequent on the wall of my dining room. It's a conversation piece and will talk through "next day" journeys for friends to visualize.

Does your vessel have a GPS (with charts loaded)?

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