Boca Ciega Yacht Club

Celestial Navigation w/ Chris Kreitlein

  • 03/04/2017
  • 8:00 AM
  • 03/05/2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Boca Ciega Yacht Club

This is a 2 Part class - Guest Educator Series

Instructor: Chris Kreitlein

Text Book: SIMPLE CELESTIAL; Navigation by the Heavens Made Easy

Fee: $100.00 per person ($75 per person for BCYC member only)

Location: Boca Ciega Yacht Club, 4600 Tifton St. South, Gulfport, Fl 33711

How to register for the Course:

Please contact the instructor, Chris Kreitlein at 850-776-2976 or email him at


Course Description:

The Basic Course will teach the student the process of observing the Sun at Local Apparent Noon for a position fix. Student will learn the sextant, its use and all necessary corrections; use of a universal plotting sheet; plotting a celestial fix; basic celestial astronomy and how universal time is used in celestial navigation; how to take an observation with a sextant; and how to reduce a sextant observation of the Sun at local apparent noon (LAN) to a latitude and longitude position fix. With cooperative weather, student will take a noon sight. The course makes extensive use of the manual, SIMPLE CELESTIAL and includes a host of practice problems to test the students grasp of the material. The course is "basic" and includes no difficult concepts or mathematics.

Necessary Materials:

  • A hand calculator that functions with degrees, minutes and seconds (if desired) - $14 at Wal-Mart
  • Pencil, Eraser, Note paper
  • Parallel rulers
  • A pair of dividers
  • Protractor

Helpful but not absolutely necessary:

  • Sextant
  • Digital watch set to universal time or chronometer

Boca Ciega Yacht Club‎
Latitude 27° 44' 21.0552'' N
Longitude 82° 41' 44.7252'' W
4600 Tifton Drive South   Gulfport, FL 33711   (727) 321-7295

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