A non-technical electronic navigation course will get tech-challenged boaters ready for spring. Handout photo.

Navigation Workshop for the Tech-Challenged Offered

As the Chesapeake Bay sees more new (and upgrading) boat owners going into the spring, the winter is a great time to get comfy with electronic navigation tools and other high-tech instruments.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will help you get through all the tech jargon with a virtual Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People workshop on Saturday, Jan. 23.

The Maritime Museum, on the Miles River in St. Michaels, offers the program via Zoom. Capt. Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, will provide “short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS chart plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automated identification systems (AIS) work.”

Friedman serves as volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and has held a USCG captain’s license for 60 years. He operated emergency service towboat for BoatUS on the Bay, delivered boats up and down the East Coast, and taught navigation and operation to boaters.

The Jan. 23 Electronic Navigation workshop is $25 per person, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members. Registration is required at

CBMM also just announced reduced ticket prices for winter at the museum— $5 admission per person through the end of March. Their current special exhibitions include Where Land and Water Meet: The Chesapeake Bay Photography of David W. Harp, on display in the Steamboat Building through September, and Adze to Whittling Knife: Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers, which can be found in the Waterfowling Building.

-Meg Walburn Viviano