INSPECTIONS of the navigator’s notebook, or work book, on various ships reveal the fact that the notes, data, and forms are frequently poorly arranged and that the investment of a little time and thought in the arrangement of the work would give big returns in accuracy, brevity, clearness, compactness, and completeness. The possible arrangement of the work in a notebook is subject to endless variation; perhaps the best arrangement has not been devised. Furthermore, experienced navigators, by years of experience, have usually arrived at their own systems and wrinkles. However, since any system is better than no system, these notes are made with the hope of giving the young navigator a short cut to a satisfactory arrangement of his work.
The principal point to consider in the arrangement of the notebook is the form for the lines of positions. To save time, a most important consideration aboard ships with high speed, duplication must be avoided and paper work reduced to a minimum. Printed forms save the time and trouble of writing them out, but the binding or pasting in of these forms is some trouble, and the work is not arranged compactly or in sequence.