Originally Posted by Randomandy
You don't have to create the route manually in order to check it by hand. It's like asking a computer to unscramble an anagram. You may still want to check that the result is a real word, but that's an aweful lot easier than unscrambling the word on your own from scratch.
I understand what you are saying but I have never considered planning a route to be anywhere like unscrambling a word or anagram. It is simply laying out a series of waypoints that will be connected to determine a vessels safe passage. This is just simple navigation
and some of us prefer to have that done by the Captain
or navigator rather than a computer. Yes it is much simpler but on Sea Trek we don't always like the easy way, but rather the tried and true and safer way and we have less stress while under way. We have 2 GPS
, a chartplotter
and a computer interfaced with the GPS
on board. And in over 17 years this has never got us into trouble or let us down. But each of us must run our ship as we see fit. You ask for input and getting input from all sides is what you will usually get.