Describing positions relative to the boat.
It is frequently necessary to describe to a crew member where a buoy or other object is. This can be surprisingly frustrating, when they can not see something that appears obvious to you.
There are several approaches that may help:
- Give the position relative to a clock face. 12 O'clock being dead ahead.
- By holding a hand up at arms length, you can describe a position as being 3 fingers to the right of an object they can identify. Obviously, there are many variations on the same theme.
- Give an angle from the bow, green for starboard, red for port. E.g. Red 40°.
Any of these may make it easier to describe where the next mark that you wish the helmsman to steer to.
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