My favorite one does, and that's one of the reasons it's my favorite.
But since I have champagne tastes, my favorite one is not an every weekend occurrence-- cheaper boats have that honor, and guess what one reason they're cheaper is? Yah. Lessor (or no) electronics
I'm willing to take some pains with an iPad-- I've been making the iPhone
work, but I'm aware that every time I take it out of my pocket, overboard
is right THERE, and I think the iPad
would be just a little harder to drop, and a lot easier to read. I'm leaning towards a waterproof case with a lanyard, and then, like I said, I'll have two independent electronic systems backed up by paper. Plus the plotter, if I'm on my favorite boat. (Unfortunately, this particular plotter doesn't have a repeater in the cockpit
Speaking of reading GPS
at the helm
, I haven't worked out exactly what I'll do about man overboard
. (No, I don't mean the maneuver drill. Everyone, I hope, knows the drill, the turns, and the sequence.)
What I mean is where I'll be and what I'll do. The helm
has a bunch of disadvantages, and here in Puget Sound
, with 50 degree water
, particularly now in December, man overboard is an automatic mayday call. You've only got something like fifteen or twenty minutes before it's a recovery, not a rescue
No repeater in the cockpit
, and the radio
is below. So you assign a lookout, and start the drill.
But some other things need to happen, right now, and one of them is logging the position, correctly and quickly. And the call needs to go out, to Coast Guard Station Seattle
So you hand the helm over, get the lookout lined out, order a line rigged for throwing, and head
below and make the call. That's one situation where I can see that electronics
have paper beat, hands down, no contest. Need a position, need it right, and need it right now.
So that's one situation where I'd like to have the GPS
on me, in a pocket, in the same place it always is, regardless of the boat.
That all said, I'm starting to wonder if man overboard isn't blown somewhat out of proportion-- the only time I've actually seen crew in the water
was 25 years ago, after a knockdown, due to sheer stupidity. (Or, at least, total inexperience.)