I’m currently at my first year at the marine institute and I was wondering if there is any standard in plotting a course on a chart.
Before joining the institute, I’ve sailed a lot and took some piloting and navigation courses from the Canadian Power & Sail squadrons. I’ve learned that an estimated position on chart is a semicircle, that you write the speed under the line of the course and so on… (same as the Bowditch book)
Now, in a professional seafarer school, I learned that instead of a semicircle you put a cross (like the ‘+’ sign), and instead of writing the speed under the course, you write it, still under the course, but horizontally and you draw a box around it.
So, I’m wondering how you are plotting your courses and estimated position on your ship ???