Puget Sound Pounder
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bainbridge Island, Port Madison, WA
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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?
Trip planning with a chart at the nav station - 'north up', so I can read all the fine print.
Traveling with the chart plotter - 'course up' so there's no confusion about what's where.
I like this approach. While I have no issues steering with a north up display I actually do less than 10% of the steering. I use paper charts for planning then add waypoints on the plotter for the helmsmen to guide to. When I overlay AIS data and radar to the chart it just makes a lot more sense to others who may not be huge boaters. Most of the time my nose is in the chart book in the cockpit verifying our course.