Originally Posted by JonEisberg
LOL! I'll go with True, to match the way my papyrus charts are printed...
I'm still trying to wrap my mind around how someone on a passage from Newport to Bermuda, for example, manages to plot their position (or that of the Gulf Stream, for that matter) every few hours, or with each change of the watch, on an upside-down copy of Chart 13003... (grin)
Good points you make about our various individual means of spatial orientation, we're all 'wired' somewhat differently, no question... Still, I tend to generally associate Heads-up with Powerboating
, and North-Up with Sailing...
The reason, of course, is the vital importance to most sailors of Wind Direction
in planning, and navigation... Again, perhaps it's just me, but it is SO much easier to visualize wind direction relative to the course to be sailed on a simple North-up display, than it is to go through the mental gymnastics required to calculate or estimate wind direction on what might be a constantly shifting heads-up orientation...
Yet, the ever-increasing popularity of this sort of Plug-n-Play Piloting - waypoint to waypoint, routes created and interfaced with an autopilot keeping you on the straight and narrow 'Highway' - seems to me but one more contributing factor to many of us Motoring More, and Sailing Less... (grin)
Interesting post by killarny....I think hes on to something. Spacial orientation as well as left and right side brain use. No one uses one to the exclusion of the other, but one is generally more dominant.
Its like the sailors need it all lined up facing north or they cant get it. Linier thinkers. This is the right way beacuse thats because thats the way they learned it. They cant understand the creative thinkers perspective or even get how they can see things from another perspective ( an upside down chart for instance). If they have it properly organized it makes perfect sense. No value judgement here, just people thinking and wired differently
Then there are the sailors I will call the "free thinkers". Less apt to be confined by conventions. Can deal with multiple dimensions or things not lined up without anxiety. They cant understand the linier thinkers and see it as confined thinking. They have no problem reading the chart upside down, sideways, backwards, but feel confined by a straight up and down approach. Again no No value judgement here, just people thinking and wired differently.
Both type of thinkers can read charts perfectly fine and have no issues.