Compass Headings
Dedicated to raisng the bar


The Checklist:

Weather Planning
& Resources

Spare Parts &
Boat Outfit

& Equipment

Celestial Navigation
Vessel Conduct
Rules of the Road

Safety Equipment &
Vessel Paperwork

Trip Planning
Maneuvering, Anchoring
& Enroute Checks

Bar Entrances, Passes
& Narrows

Distances Reference
Mariner Math
Port Information
Panama Canal

Vessel Delivery
Selecting a Vessel
Selling Your Boat
Service Providers

Purchase Checklist


Welcome to Compass Headings
Ask the Captain
Questions for Captain Couch
The best maintenance is to use your boat and its systems.
Weather Planning & Resources
Marine forecast, buoy & tide websites.
Spare Parts & Boat Outfit
Look at each system onboard and identify the components that are prone to failure. Determine the operational and or safety importance of that system.
Tips for troubleshooting systems and equipment.
Navigation & Equipment
Three Basic Tools: Visual…..Chart (plotter)……Radar
Safety Equipment
Required Safety Equipment and Documentation.
Vessel Paperwork
Required Documentation.
Trip Planning
Proper maintenance, planning, preparation and prudent decision making are the keys to your successful boating experience.
Maneuvering & Anchoring
Basic tips for vessel manuevering and anchoring.
Bar Entrances, Passes & Narrows
Plan your departure or arrival to coincide with the Slack or Flood tide. Do not cross shoal areas. Stay in the channel at all times.
Distances Reference
Distances between ports for North and Central America.
Mariner Math
Speed / Time / Distance / Fuel Comsumption
Port Information
Ports, marinas, fuel docks, North and Central America
Panama Canal Information
Agents, marinas and preperation
Vessel Delivery
Estimated costs.
Service Providers
Choosing a Captain, Broker and Surveyor.

Ask the Captain
The Checklist
Purchase Checklist

Purchase books, cards CDs and Calendars
Books, cards and prints
offered by author
Chris Couch
Compass Headings Publishing.