Originally Posted by Jens1
That is what I call bad seamanship.
How can he left his (not experienced) crew alone when making landfall? One can take that as very good example about what not to do.
There are great skippers who use a lot of electronics
, but I have a growing pile of stories of people smashing into jetties, beaches, and reefs
with full electronics.
People T-boning other vessels while staring into their laptops, unable to make simple harbor entrances because a chart plotter wouldn't load a data card, forgetting that GPS
datum sets aren't the same around the world and then blaming bad charts/data when they smash into a reef.
You rely on the chart plotter, so you never need to go down to a chart and update your position, which gives you a wide angle view of where you are. You never take visual fixes, so you remain unaware of your environment
. You don't have proper lookouts because you don't need them because you have all your electronics.
I'd bet $20 that if you interview this skipper
he'll blame something other than himself.