I'm still comfortable not knowing where I am to the exact foot when I'm in the open ocean and I still don't trust the electronics
enough to go in somewhere that I'm not familiar with when I can't see. I know this does not stop other people. I was off of St. Augustine inlet in Pea Soup fog
a couple of years ago with Radar
and and two working GPS's but I decided to wait for daylight and the fog
before trying to enter an inlet that I had only been through twice and was notorious for shoaling. However at the crack of dawn power boats started coming out of the inlet at full speed surely relying on their GPSs. Few, if any with Radar
and all with idiots at the helm
. One came as close as 20 feet at over 20 knots and I'm not sure they ever saw me or heard my horns over their roaring engines. Visibility was about 100 feet.
Am I lost? Never!!! At the very least I know which ocean I'm in and which way land is and I always know where I'm at, though the position of everything else may at times be in doubt.