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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?
'Course Up' is for 'drivers' of Sea Rays, without a paper chart in sight...
Anyone who can't figure out North Up, shouldn't be at the helm to begin with... (grin)
All bets are off, however, aboard boats without paper charts, then one may as well let domestic tranquility rule the day..
Jack's right, in anything other than flat calm water, the continuous 're-drawing' of the chart due to the boat's movement is very distracting, and can be a real impediment to safe navigation...
Seriously, a paper chart should always be the 'Go To' point of reference/confirmation, in any moment of doubt, or possible confusion... Having the plotter set to a different mode will likely only add to any confusion, and I have little doubt such a discrepancy has led to many a navigational mishap...
Hey, I'm hoplessly Old School, what else would you expect? (grin)