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post #7 of Old 09-12-2013
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Re: Look at a chart before setting GPS course

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
No kidding. It's really easy to set a course on a small screen chartplotter and miss things like small islands, fish traps, rocks, etc. It's something you need to think about when using a limited screen view device. Just plotting waypoints without looking at a small scale chart is inviting disaster.
OK, I can understand making a mistake entering a course on a GPS. But shouldn't someone have been on watch? Unless the weather was really bad, how could they miss seeing England? And if the weather was that bad, shouldn't they have been closely monitoring the GPS screen zoomed in on their location?

I think there's more to this story.
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