Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
Actually, I think commercial
raffic is Channel 12. The 2 things I've learned in 2 days is...
1) I would like a low $ chart plotter AND paper charts
2) At least AIS would tell me where the ships are. I'm sure too there must be an over-lay with AIS to a chart plotter
I really like having a chart plotter. I study the paper one first, and I think that greatly improves the use of the cp. It will tell you where the buoys and the shoals are.
It won't tell you where the freightors are ...
But if one suddenly appears in front of you, you can use the chart plotter to decide in which direction to high-tail it outta there. Best not to go in the direction of the shoal, and the chart plotter is just a lot faster and less cumbersome than the paper one.
But I mark my position on the paper chart (laminated) with a grease pencil.
I use the two together, and then each is more useful than it would be by itself.