USC Price School of Public Policy

NAUT 001bx

Watch Captain Level
Offered Fall and Spring

LECTURE
Weekly 2-hour lecture
1 day of 2-hour review session

LABORATORIES
4 days Small Boat Sailing (5 hours each day)
3 day Sailing Voyage onboard a Brigantine (Friday-Saturday-Sunday selected after semester begins)
1 day/night navigation voyage (10 hours, day selected after semester begins)

2 units
Prerequisite: NAUT 001ax or equivalent experience
(May be taken concurrently with 001ax)

Using the Crew Level skills acquired in the NAUT 001ax class, the student moves on to more advanced skills and knowledge. These include vessel nomenclature, design, nautical history, common seamanship problems, navigation, marine weather, heavy weather seamanship, Rules of the Road, and night navigation.

Relating to the classroom theory, students complete 4 days of small boat sailing, a 3-day voyage on the Los Angeles Maritime Institute Brigantine, and a single day/night advanced voyage. During this voyage, the majority of the ship’s operations are in the hands of the students.

Focus
Navigation Skills (Intermediate)
Marine Weather
Sail Aerodynamics and Trim
Nautical Rules of the Road
Advanced Nomenclature

CNET Skills Profile for Watch Captain Course (301b)
Mission: To train students at the intermediate level in the skills of the use of sails, sail theory, navigation equipment, piloting, radar navigation, rules of the road, marlinspike seamanship, ship handling, and anchoring. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to perform the duties of Watch Captain on an offshore sailing yacht as outlined in the Offshore Sail Training Manual P1552/1 (Series) and in accordance with the applicable sail training manual(s). Chief of Naval Education and Training.

Profile Statement: Skills Taught

  1. Identify Watch Captain watch station requirements for an offshore sailing yacht
  2. Identify various navigation equipment and their usage
  3. Identify terms and characteristics of nautical charts
  4. Set sails correctly on a specified sailing yacht
  5. Locate and identify safety equipment
  6. Identify buoys used in the U.S. Lateral Buoy System
  7. Identify light characteristics by chart symbol and name
  8. Identify inherent and environmental factors affecting ship handling
  9. Identify methods of man overboard recovery
  10. Identify factors affecting man overboard recoveries
  11. Successfully perform man overboard recovery
  12. Identify terms and definitions associated with time theory
  13. Identify preparations for docking and mooring to a buoy
  14. Identify terms and characteristics associated with ground tackle and anchors
  15. Demonstrate the principles of docking and ship control
  16. Identify navigational terms and definitions
  17. Identify the name and use of plotting equipment
  18. Identify terms and their definitions associated with tides and currents
  19. Identify characteristics and principles associated with the magnetic compass
  20. Identify principles and standard rules associated with DR plots
  21. Maintain a DR plot of a harbor transit
  22. Identify light characteristics of lighted navigation aids
  23. Identify principles associated with the proper care of synthetic fiber line
  24. Identify basic marlinspike tools and their use
  25. Identify parts of a block
  26. Identify indications and actions to correct abnormal conditions
  27. Identify components of steering systems and their functions
  28. Identify terms used in the rules of the road and their meaning
  29. Identify steering signals and their meaning
  30. Demonstrate general damage control procedures
  31. Identify major components of radar equipment and their functions
  32. Take and plot radar fixes
  33. Identify the usage of one, two, and three letter signals
  34. Pilot a vessel under simulated low visibility conditions
  35. Pilot using visual bearings and charted depths
  36. Identify sail types and combinations for different points of sail
  37. Set various sails as dictated by point of sail and wind conditions
  38. Direct a vessel to a selected anchorage
  39. Navigate a sailboat in open/offshore waters
  40. Identify vessels by their running lights displayed