I always love how this turns into an argument of charts vs. plotter. Lets talk "Navigational aids". Chart plotter, Charts, Radar
, Depth sounder
They are all useful. But to mock a person for having one and not another is nothing more than dockside sailing. Like Eric, I have a simplified system that if one fails, I have \backups. I even have a C.Plath Navigator Classic Sextant
. Will I ever have to use it?...doubtful. But it is fun to have. I have recently installed Open CPN
on my laptop
and downloaded a mess of free charts. Financially speaking, I do not have the bells and whistles to cross link all of it. Frankly not interested.
So to create a scenario of what if you're in a 50kt. blow, 8 freighters are a bow to beam bearing on you and a 747 is going to short land on your stern is just silly. I've been in fog
, in the dark, in a shipping
area. My chart showed the shipping
lanes, my radar
occasionally showed moving shapes and I knew were the shallow water
...and by the way...Although NOAA has stopped printing doesn't mean charts are unavailable. Navigation
shops print them and I'm sure will for some time to come. It was probably a cost saving move on NOAA's part.