• Matthijs de Haas

What is marine navigation?

Updated: Jul 9

How do you know as a sailor that your luxury yacht is on course? Navigation is the art of getting where you want to go. In other words, marine navigation is any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction when your at sea.


Marine navigation tool

Traditionally, people have developed methods and designed tools for navigation. Using the stars, a compass, time and natural references. Nowadays GPS (Global Positioning System) is used to determine your position anywhere on earth.

A computing system that aids in navigation on board a vessel which may be capable of: determine vessel location; providing direction; providing information on nearby vessels, or hazards, or obstacles; containing maps.


Boating nav app

An application on your phone that aids in navigation on board a vessel which may be capable of: determine vessel location; providing direction; providing information on nearby vessels, or hazards, or obstacles; containing maps.


Navigation Aids

Automatic Identification System (AIS); Buoy; Daymark; Foghorn; Global Positioning System (GPS); Landmark; Lighthouse; Non Directional Beacon (NDB); Racon; Radio Navigation; Range Light; Sea Mark; Signal Station.


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