Re: Don't read this unless you have time . .
Use all the electronics but still keep a DR in the log and on a paper chart. Also keep a log from the electronics. Think it's belt and suspenders but also fun. Think simple tricks like following the water temp to find the gulf stream to supplement looking at a download or watching the sky as well as OCN are fun. It's fun to do it yourself and then have the security of looking at the gizmos to see if you did it right. Also builds comfort to know you aren't totally dependent on the gizmos. Find understanding this stuff makes the total experience more fun. kind of like the difference between me and a botanist walking through the woods. I'm on Capta 's team with this one and wish more people/new sailors were too. Used to be scared of the motorboat crowd running me down. now I'm scared of every one.
Last edited by outbound; 05-23-2013 at 10:34 AM.