Nick you got me wrong. I personally don't care if your cockpit
or anyone elses is lit up like a Madam LaRue Pinball machine with sophisticated electronics
. Yes they will help you. The thread is about whether Navigational Aids are a waste of money
and are they really needed. You might be able to get into a harbor just using your electronics
etc... and no navigational aids. Others may not because they don't have the electronics you do or they may have failed and will no longer have navigational aids to help them. My point is if other boats end up on the rocks outside of the harbor spilling diesel
etc... on the waters too often because there are no navigational aids. The local authorities may REQUIRE you and all other cruising boats to take on a "pilot" whether you like it or not and no matter how much electronics and experience you have. Of course the local authorities will say it is a safety
issue and not just a revenue producer.