A prudent mariner will have thought about many of the possibilities of electronic gear failure and how they might be mitigated, just as he/she would plan for mechanical and other failures on the boat.
There will always be unforeseens which will test your preparedness. After all, Murphy still lurks aboard somewhere, ready to pounce when you least expect it :-)
Bill- I am of the same mind!! I too do not see the necessity of being able to operate the vessel from the comfort of an easy chair in the salon
while monitoring the vessels' navigation
picture on an iPad
and viewing the surroundings via a CCTV on the 52" HDTV that slips noiselessly up from its hiding place behind the wet bar.
Not to hijack this thread, but...
Twenty years ago, I divided the boating
public into three groups:
Component seaman, conservative in every action taken aboard from navigation
to system and equipment installation
, most likely had a 100 ton Masters license
. Understood the inherent danger
and responsibility involved with going to sea in a small craft. About 15% of the boating
Pretty good seaman, had taken some Power Squadron or USCG Auxiliary courses, thinking about getting their Master's ticket, understanding that they are in an experience building phase in their boating life. Learning
how to be self sufficient. About 70% of the boating public.
Boat Owners Usually
benign in their operation and maintenance
philosophy but could turn downright dangerous when stressed, not interested in really learning
about boats, spent more on golf lessons than on aspiring to become a Boater
. About 15% of the boating public.
In my opinion
, advances in technology have made boat operation seductively easy to those that just don't know any better. After all, the little boat graphic will just track nicely down the course that you laid out on the chartplotter
, regardless of any obstacles!
pressure has pushed this technology on to the boating public.
Because of the technology advances and the ensuing marketing
pressure, there has been a significant shift between the, somewhat arbitrary classes
above. The boating public is now comprised of many, many, many more Boat Owners, far fewer Boaters, and Mariners are almost extinct.
Thankfully, almost all of the participants in this sub-forum are Boaters
and there are very, very few Boat Owners