There is no substitute for good navigation/map reading skills. With that said, however, there is also no substitute for a gps/chartplotter for accurately knowing exactly where you are on a continuous basis with relation to the map/chart and your surroundings. The two are not mutually exclusive, and when used in combination offer the mariner the best opportunity to avoid mishap. In other words, use both paper charts
and gps/chartplotter, unless you sail on a little puddle where neither is necessary.