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post #6 of Old 08-08-2013
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Re: The danger of GPS as the sole means of navigation.

On my boat I've got Depth, Analog Wind, Speedo (not currently wired up) Handheld GPS, CHARTS and most important, my Mark IV eyeballs.
The small Garmin chartplotter/gps that came w/ the boat wouldn't fire up.
I *may* splurge and get an IPAD for general navigation and planning... but I sure as hell won't rely on it as my primary means.
The way I see it is this: If I do things the "old fashioned" way w/ judicious use of new fangled... I'm less likely to make an error in judgement than if I rely solely on technology.

Which is why I shake my head at people who go out and buy their first boat as a fully equipped 40+ footer and think they are sailors.

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