Tips For Steering:
-Waves and Sea Action will affect the course you steer. If the seas are from the stern, they
will pick up the stern and set it down some place else. To compensate for this, you will have to apply rudder in both directions.
When you feel the wave approaching, apply it one direction, when you feel it pass, apply in the other.
-Persistent winds or current may affect your overall course. They may deflect the ship in
one direction or another over an extended period of time. To compensate, you may have to hold your rudder at a few degrees
in the opposite direction. Ex. If the winds are blowing from 090 and you are steering 000, you may find your actual course
to be something like 355. In order to make your true course actually 000, you may have to steer 005.
-When turning, keep an eye on the Rate of Turn Indicator. As you near your intended course, slack
off on the rudder angle so as to slow the turn. You wan't to be able to come to and not pass the desired course.
-When turning, the way the compass is set up is often confusing to the driver as it reads almost backward of what you
would think it ought to. For example, when steering 000, the lubber's line on the compass would read 000, 350 would be to
the right of the compass, and 010 would be to the left. Which way do you turn to go from 000 to 350? Left. Just keep this
idea in mind when steering and account for it. And remember, people have been sailing for thousands of years, we've driven
in circles before, you won't be the first to screw it up.