A circumnavigator here in DK recently had an ad selling his paper charts "30 kilos of paper charts - 3000 Danish Kroner) - so an around the world paper trail generates 30 kilos.
Yes there are people of navigate exclusively with their chart plotters. What they don't realize is that the data in the chart plotters comes from the paper charts issued by the marine
authorities. And the data (depth for instance) was generated up to a couple of hundred years ago by sailing in lines 100 meters apart and "casting the lead" So when the chart say you have 50 feet - you can't be sure. First if the number on the chart is exactly on the line where they cast the lead, that is the depth
that was there 200 years ago - ever hear of "shifting sands"?
second - if the number is not on the line - then no one has ever measured the depth
there. Could be a sandbar or rocks or or or.
I'm planning my summer sail right now - guess what? Plan from paper, use pilot book (paper) to check harbors etc. Discuss with crew what, if any, issues there are on the trip. Generate some waypoints if necessary.
Will I plot a route
into my ray marine
chart plotter? Probably not, since we will be doing mostly day sailing
and the night stretches will be long - so we only need a bearing.
I love my chart plotter - but paper is good.
I think I've mentioned it before - but here in Denmark
, it is mandatory that you have paper charts. Period.