Capngeo, o.k., even the time saved on navigation
while using a GPS
makes it more secure, not to mention the accuracy. On the other hand, I've had more than several occasions where just a simple surge busted all the electronics
that're hooked up to the system. And for a long ocean passage
, I wouldn't trust the handhelds either, since how many batteries will you have on board and more importantly, if you choose them from rechargeable ones, you won't have any house electricity to charge them!
I've asked this question in three different categories for a reason. The last two are obvious, in an emergency
situation, a handheld GPS with all the moisture and lack of charging
would be useless and novelty value of a sextant
is really good. But I believe I need to clarify the "everyday use" scenario a bit further. It's there in order to keep practicing the art and always stay ready just in case the need occurs (you may have a gun but you need to practice shooting from time to time to use it effectively when that time -hopefully never- comes).
Once again, as a long time computer programmer/engineer , I just wouldn't trust any computer system that's open to outside interference
(in other words "has internet
connection") for an ocean passage
, especially a windows based PC. Touch screens are too brittle and once again, handheld devices really drain AA's or AAA's...
Last but not least, I'm talking about redundancy on sextants, could you just imagine how paranoid I'd be when having redundant GPS's on board?
P.S. : I have another topic about anchors as well, am I looking for trouble or what?
P.P.S. : It's just way too fun to see mariners to take anchors, GPS/sextants and guns
so personal. I just love cf!!! Have a great Sunday all...