Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?
I've noticed that this is very much a generational thing. There are exceptions, of course, but most people I've met who learned to navigate before GPS prefer north up and those who learned to navigate post GPS (I'm not sure that really counts as learning to navigate.) prefer heads up.
Being old enough to remember running miles of fog with the most complex device on my boat being my wind up Timex watch, I find there is a lot less mental math involved in north up. The steadier display is also a plus.
Back to my posting about different brain wiring. I am an oldster and have only used electronic NAV for five years or so and used paper charts exclusively for more than 30 years. I use both orientations but mainly course up.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.