Senior Coxswain(Baden Powell Service Association Troop)
PREREQ: Have passed the Coxswain proficiency Badge.
Be able to read a chart, plot a position by 3 methods and lay off a course, making allowances for variation and deviation of compass and tidal set.
Know the different types of buoys, lighthouses and light vessels in general use, the usual danger, storm and fog signals. Discuss the Beaufort wind and sea scales. Understand the use of a Barometer in forecasting the weather.
Demonstrate how to take soundings.
Know the proper gear that should be carried in a sailing boat to ensure safety of the vessel under all conditions.
Organize and take charge of a Patrol expedition of 48 hours minimum duration in a sailing boat or motor cruiser. Journey to a point at least 10 miles from the start and return. Keep a detailed log showing courses and distances. Route to be prepared by the candidate with proper reference to tides etc. Members of the Patrol to be properly organized as a boats crew.
Read a Mariner’s Compass marked in points and degrees and be able to estimate (using chart and tide table) the depth of water at any state of the tide.
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