magnetic bearings use the magnetic North Pole as their
reference point. All three types of bearings may
sometimes coincide, but such a situation is rare and
of a temporary nature. Lookouts report objects in
degrees of relative bearing.
Figure 7 shows the relative bearings around a ship.
An object dead ahead is bearing 000°; one on the star-
board beam is at 090°, and so on. Study the illustra-
tion. Practice pointing to various objects and compare
your estimates of their bearing to what they really are.
With practice you will be able to report a contact within
10° of its actual bearing.
Figure 7.Relative bearings.