Originally Posted by Peregrinata
Hi Gord, I agree with your caution and would go one step further. I am a professional navigator and would never trust anyone else's GPS
coordinates unless I personally knew them. There are too many risks at play, including errors, different datum, the originator does not know from which direction you are approaching (navigational hazards enroute). A cruiser is better served to determine where they would like to go and plan their own passage
. Regards, Scott
100% absolutely agree...........using other people's waypoints is a recipe for disaster. It doesn't matter if you know and trust the person or not.
Do your own due dilligence....it's all part of good seamanship.
If you screw-up, it's your fault......if the other person screws up....it's still your fault, in fact, it then becomes academic stupidity.
Voyage planning should start with a destination
then work backwards to a start point. This is where other's waypoints could hinder or cloud your own judgement.