Originally Posted by Kimo_Kai
That's all fun in techno happy land but practice the procedures you will/can use when the power is gone and the electronics
are fried. Hope for the best (that guys' advice) and plan for things you can always count on.
Marooned on Maui
While I do carry paper charts
, I also have a back-up gps receiver for the laptop
, a phone
with open cpn
for the cockpit
(in a splash-proof housing), and another phone
with the same stowed in a waterproof case. I do also have an anchor watch app on the phones, which is a nice security
for the first night after I have made landfall when I am still not sure about the quality of the holding in the area. In practice I use the phones for course keeping (there is a nice app that displays course and speed in a large format) and the laptop
I use for when I am writing the log and doing weather
routing. My only electronic instrument is a depth
I use my ears to tell wind
direction - if I can feel the wind
on both my ears, I am looking at it.
I do have tell-tails about the place, but they are not always as useful.
I have a good compass
on the pedestal
, but I prefer to steer using the direction of the swell and wind as my guide, rather than looking at the compass
all the time. It's a bit of a knack, but pretty easy with practice.
I would like a knot-meter though, it would be useful for dead-reckoning and working out the speed of the current
etc. I made an old-timey version though, just in case, (a stick on a knotted line) but have never used it.