Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
Perhaps he became so enamored of navigational goodies that he forgot to learn elektrix.
Stu, I get your point. It is easy to become dependent on things that make life easy. I am guilty of that more than I would like. I recently drove out of town, returning late at night on a dark road via an unfamiliar route
, while depending upon my vehicle's GPS
, which did not match the more recent road construction. It was frustrating to hear it say exit now, when there was no exit.
It is also easy to be flummoxed when one's primary tools don't work for some reason, and electronic and electrical
systems can be mystifying to most, including me.
I would prefer to have the main electrical system
working. Sometimes a simple thing shuts them down.
My suggestion: A quick troubleshooting procedure for major systems should be written on a laminated card and shown to all crew members at an orientation to the boat prior to a cruise
. Those cards can be stowed or posted at or near the place they are needed. That way very simple troubleshooting tasks can be done even if the skipper
is asleep or occupied with some other task, such as being at the helm
, while needing a crew member
to do the troubleshooting down below.
But, I also see the point of having a simple backup plan just in case the main system cannot be brought back on In a couple of minutes of switch flipping. Having a handheld GPS
chart plotter (eg smartphone) in one's pocket or aboard is a good idea. Portable battery
lights are a good idea. So too is the idea or plan to quickly rig a temporary running or steaming light if one is in a channel with traffic at night.
Be Prepared is a good motto, one I try to follow.