Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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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.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).