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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 JonEisberg View Post
Here is Danish chart 1213, oriented as you would have it if sailing south along one of the most intricate coastlines in the world, the Vestkyst of Greenland...

The index name of this chart is as follows:

Qeqertarsuatsiaat – Kangerluarsoruseq (Fiskenæsset – Kangerluarsoruseq)

All I can say, is - if you can read that chart upside down, you are a FAR better man than I... (grin)

Funny, but that last bit seems like a GOOD practice, to me... Many of the replies in this thread appear to place more importance on the ability to simply use a chartplotter, than to actually read a chart and interpret your position on it... I recently cited an example from John Harries, a collision that resulted from the initial reaction of a helmsman to look at his chartplotter, instead of actually looking outside the boat in order to "get his bearings"...

You're right, there is no absolutely 'correct' way to do this, whatever works best for you... However, when anyone sails with me, they will do so according to MY preferences, and the logic of selecting the orientation of a chartplotter to best suit the LEAST experienced or capable person aboard is somewhat lost on me... (grin)
Damn Jon we agree twice today.... wait...Id better change my mid
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