Hi every one .. New here and this is my first ever question.
Just a quick question for you all, I am hoping for you best advise so that I don’t lose my conference and my dream of big boat ownership
, but have no one to ask this question to … My question is I feel very confident on all aspects of learning
to sail, and boat handling and docking
and boat management and ownership
We are wanting to buy a new Fountaine Pajot
44 foot catamaran
Problem is, No matter how hard I try to get my head
to navigate without using a modern GPS
chart plotter I just can’t get the hang of navigating without the aid of modern GPS
I never will be able to learn it .. I hate maths and was never good at it nor can I get my head
around learning to use a compass
properly to use with paper charts
and I feel embarrassed if I was to do a navigation
course and fail that corse .. However I do feel confident using modern GPS plotters and setting a corse and navigating with modern aids I can read chats and have an understanding of them.
I have easily navigated inland water
ways on small power boats confidently in the past using chart plotter and depth
sounders and just plane local knowledge to get me around the inland waterways and running aground was never a problem in a small boat ( not that i did ) … My question to you all is can I still buy the boat of my dreams and navigate the world just using the boasts modern GPS chart potter to survive and navigate waters safely and at night sometimes using depth
sounders with depth alarms and using forward underwater scan technology to see whats ahead underwater and plan old common sense to navigate around the world? and trust all this stuff solely without ever being able to learn to navigate the old fashion way.
I am worried that maybe I should not be buying
such a large boat all because I can not ever learn to navigate the old fashion way … What are your thoughts on my concerns? Am i over concerned and not need to worry because the modern technology will do what I can’t or should be able to do as the captain
of our boat.
In your option should I be staying clear of the big boats and just play with the little boats … am I over panicked here or what, I would hate to not be able to buy the boat of our dreams all because we can’t navigate without modern technology, If I can be confidently assured that I have no need for panic and that I can trust my modern technology instruments I will feel much happier buying
our very expensive boat and keeping my family
and friends safe and alive …
Sorry about the dumb question but this is the one that has got to me the most over many years and has ruined my boat buying dream in the past all because I got scared of navigating the old fashion way ....
Any advise would be great and do any of you sailors out there sail there boats the same way I am intending with just relying on modern technology without not really no how to sail there boats and read there charts
with out a GPS.
Has modern advancements made it possible to navigate using and trusting the very latest mod con's ...
Ok be kind this is my first post ever so thanks all for reading ..