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Old 07-09-2013
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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
Interesting that people say they go north up because of paper charts. From Scouts to university in geography I always oriented the map/chart to the course I wanted to follow rather than to north. Heck the m/c has true north at the top,not even magnetic.

On the boats generally have course up except in tight corners where I want the land features to stay in one place even I'd the course is changing frequently.
Exactly! After a few years in the military and doing a fair amount of land nav the "map" was always oriented to course up. Then the transition to boating the RYA beat into my head that "charts" need to be oriented North up. Now I have a new chart plotter that gives me the option and with a mixed experienced crew.
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