Originally Posted by Snowpetrel
I still think something like navionics
on a simple smartphone in a waterproof casing would be a good investment. I can see problems approaching land in foul weather
with strong tides when trying to plot a fix on a paper chart without letting go of the helm
. The additional benefits like being able to access internet
when in range and make phone
calls are also useful. This new samsung Xcover
looks interesting as a waterproof phone
. A friend has one, and she likes it. But I would still have it in a waterproof case as well.
Still keep the charts
as good weather
system and for Backup.
Sure, I'm addicted enough to chart plotting that I would surely have my IPad
somewhere in a waterproof pouch, for just such a case, even though, without a keel
, there are very few hazards which concern you which you can't see with your eyes. But in any case, you don't need a chart plotter off soundings, and you've got no way to power it in a dinghy
anyway. Once you're out of sight of land, all you need is what a simple wrist-watch GPS
will tell you -- DTW, BTW, COG, SOG.