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The direction a boat is pointed. In a seaway, the heading generally swings back and forth across your desired course. "Course heading" is a redundant, and possibly confusing, phrase for "course." The question "What is your course?" means which way do you want to go. "What is your heading?" means which way are you going right now. See Course and Bearing. See also Course over ground, which independent of these two is the acutal way you are moving.

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