You could do this study on "The introduction of Radar and Loran aboard fishing vessels
" and come up with results very pertinent to nowadays.
...you would be interested in this: google
search "Queen of the North inquiry"
of course the Costa Concordia you've seen plenty!
some of the salient features of the QofN I find remarkable myself are: turning off the (overbright ?) screen
display, and the comments on the quality of the hardware/software.
What I see locally: before cheap gps
,radar and plotting, folk avoided the tricky bits without patiently aquired local knowledge...especially at night. But on the other hand, it's been a while since I met some hapless soul totally lost
in the fog
Many of the comments you get here are folks that have experience previous
to gps and plotters and many of these say they are glad to know the old ways. I think it's because they keep an instinctive sense of DR that mediates their trust in the electronics
. so, if you add a strong dollop of caution and experience to the electronic navigation for small craft , it is
safer than it was. T'was always the way!
A new beginner now faces a panoply of doofunnies and the maintenance
of them. Do they need also know the so-called basics as well? Is the learning
load greater? I think not. It's just different. Maintaining a vessel with a full-sized chart table and a full-sized crew was always beyond the reach of most mere boaters and small-craft, short-handed navigation was always
compromised to some degree.
I wonder if Aircraft Pilots haven't already been through this?