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Experienced coastal boaters always carry, and know how to use, a compass and chart (even if they have a GPS). If you boat an area frequently, also use your compass to make up a point-to-point compass “headings list” for that area. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Weekend Navigator Course is highly recommended.

On a sunny summer day along the coast of Kiska, Alaska - one of the westernmost islands in the Aleutians – three men working for U.S. Fish...

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Use this tool to plan your next boating trip. Get reports for the weather, tides and more! You can also create an electronic float plan and download a pre-departure checklist!

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