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Re: US Navy ship inquiry finished.....

Originally Posted by AKscooter View Post
If the ex captain was relying on electronic nav s..
With all due respect, what planet do you sail on?

All of us depend on electronic navigational charts. From container ships, cruise ships, naval ships and those of us that sail FRP boats. It's been this way since they deployed GPS satellites. I keep paper charts only as a backup, as does every other sailor I know. Paper charts and sextants have been backup items for over a decade.

Now having said this, it's irrelevant to this discussion as this case has nothing to do with a chart plotter. Presented with conflicting charts, had the Captain plotted his course using the paper charts and still run aground, the inquiry result would not have changed one bit. Any boat hits anything other than waves, it's the Captain's fault.

This story is about conflicting Naval charts and blind luck or rather bad luck.

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