My boat-buddy insists I get at least a GPS....then radar, EPIRB,chartplotter laptop, AIS...yadda-yadda.
WTF? When do you fellas find time to fiddle with dials, screens, buttons and menus?
In our few sorties out, he barks when I veer off of his regular, stored and plotted course on the GPS. I'm trying to steer by sight line and looking for the next marker or bouy and can't/don't want to take my eyes off the projected course long enuff to find the screen and wait for my eyes to adjust to the LCD. Scroll thru menus, try to find little images of disparate data, or use the damm'd thing as a compass??? Fuggeddabowdit!
I find it only a bit easier to scan the depth meter. It only has one display line
BTW...polarized sunshades do not make that task any easier ;
I pulled my lensatic compass by it's lanyard from my shirt and took a quick read of my projected course (tho I knew exactly where I was) and was done before he'd even switched the menu to compass function and tilted it towards me to see...barely.
Gadget-schmadget! Don't think I'd like ta go solely with a lead sounder tho