Even if this thread were 20 years old, it would still be worthwhile. So here's my attempt to not let it die. I found this thread after reading about the Voyage of the Aegre. At this point in time, if my boat
became a salt water
spa, I would be unable to look to the heavens and figure out which way to go. The thought of my wife looking up at me for hope and guidance and being unable to point and tell her, "That way, start paddling", is more than I can bear.
As a new sailor, reading as much as possible, I find many books
and websites telling tales of full knockdowns where all electronics
have been lost
. The terror of being totally lost
at sea, unable to look at the sky and stars to ascertain your position and direction would be a self imposed one and something I never wish to experience for any length of time.
Although i have a chart plotter, iPad
with navigation apps, 2 GPS devices and 3 compasses, I still download and print papercharts and take hourly course positions. The comfort I take in rolling out my paper chart to see where i am, where i came from and which way i need to go can not be replaced by an 8x10 backlit screen
Watching these video blogs of people sailing sailing around the world, I see them hunched over the table together after rolling out their paper charts
to plan their next voyage. Everyone chiming in as they go through the details of the best way to get somewhere and all the places to stop is a team building exercise and everyone in the end has an understanding of the journey ahead.
I have e-books on my Kindle and iPad
, but I still prefer the paper books
and when I sit down to read up on some nautical knowledge, I immediately go for the dog eared 2 lb, yellow stickied hard bound book.
We've been sailing for thousands and thousands of years, advancements in technology have made this much easier and safer and I intend to take full advantage of all the technology I can afford......I also intend to shut it all off occasionally and use my eyes and brain to continue the tradition of trying to become a true sailor.
And the people "running around with their hair on fire" when the poo hits the fan, can be used to start a fire so I can boil water
, cook food
, make a hardened point spear and keep warm.