No, not at all. It's one of those threads which exudes CS&RWE (common sense and real-world experience), qualities all too often found lacking amongst many sailors these days.
Guess I'm just one of those crusty throwbacks, too, because I applaud Pelagic, Mark, David, Pete the Cat for their clear thinking and -- it must be said -- their willingness to expose themselves in a world which seems rushing towards gadgetry and complexity, often guised as "essential and easy-to-use".
I'm a navigation
nut. Have all the toys. Have taught celestial navigation
. Carry on board at least the following: paper charts
, electronic charting via laptop
, multiple GPS
units (fixed and portable), multiple Loran
sets, multiple radio
direction finders, radar, compass, speedo, wind
instruments, fathometer, hand-bearing compass, multiple VHF
and HF radios, and a programmable autopilot.
NONE of these are linked. By choice. Each is discreet, does it's job well. If any one goes down, the others continue to function. I don't have to worry about single-point failure of multiple critical systems.
I say they're not linked, but in reality they are: in my head. I find it very easy to refer to the instrument necessary to provide the information I need at any given time, without worrying about scrolling, menus, overlays, network conflicts, etc., etc.
One toy I don't have and will not put aboard in it's present state of development: AIS
. IMHO, this is just one further complication to clutter up radar screens with mostly useless information. Worse -- and think about this carefully -- AIS is not synoptic
. It doesn't include ALL vessels in the vicinity. Excluded are fishing
boats, yachts, rowboats, runabouts, sailboats, etc., etc. And, it's just far too alluring, with the constant temptation to read all about the ships it sees...name, course, speed, type, destination
, etc., etc.
All of which takes the unwary watchstander away from his/her primary job of watchkeeping
and, especially, of using the best navigation
aid ever invented, the Mark I eyeball :-)
JMO. Glad there are at least a few folks out there who seem to harbor similar thoughts.