Originally Posted by Deep Blue Blues
That's a sweet layout Barnakiel. Is that a Beanateu? I used to think those boats were crap back in the day. Now I'm not so sure, they look like the racing
yachts in the Volvo
Lizzy, are boats like these easily insurable?
How can you say navigation
desks aren't useful? Are the electronics
Layout: I do not know but I have seen this layout countless times on boats: Bavarias, Oceanis
, even Ovnis. It is very common. I googled it up in 0.00036207 of a second and I got 2.345.699,99 hits. Level: easy. I have seen it also on some older British designs.
Re nav table - I am doing 99% of my navigation
either with a gps
in my pocket or else (0.9%) with my laptop
on my lap. The remaining time I probably read a chart which is just as comfortable to do in my bunk or in the cockpit
Off course I pilot with a paper chart in hand when required but then I simply take the chart to the cockpit
- for when I pilot I must at the same time read and mark the chart and drive the boat. When it gets very iffy, I simply drive the boat while my mate gives me pilot info from the chart while seated next to me (or below decks - when it is very wet and rough). Think of a sports car and the driver - pilot (co-driver or navigator) - how much time does the pilot spend looking at the road ???? And yet, someone does. Similar in our boat (not yours, you go solo!)
If I were extreme enough to go solo, I would forego paper based navigation. This is not to say I would not have paper charts
at hand or sail without a sextant
. I was lucky enough to not only grow up sailing but also to get proper maritime education. Old trees, deep roots.
If I were offered another navigation job on a Maxi
, I would be surprised to walk down below and not find a nav station there. Should you hear of such openings, pls drop me a pm.
PS Notice a nav table with charts
and two computers
and a pro navigator did not save one $$$ top racing
circuit boat from ending high and dry on a danger
known to every lame cruising sailor in the area. So definitely, safety
and good seamanship is not in whether we have a nav table or not.
To sum it up: I understand when people chose to navigate at their desk, but this is not practical on our 26'er.