Originally Posted by Jak
I would not "rely" on my phone as a primary tool, it is more or a convience for me. I am in the Puget Sound so the vast majority of my navigation is dead reckoning in waters I am farmilliar with, but it is sure nice having all these tools in my front pocket.
I agree. I primarily use my iPhone (currently) and iPad as a back up to my chart plotter, but I have learned the hard way to use up to date paper charts when going into a harbor or area I'm not comfortable with, since many of the charts for the hand-helds are not accurate enough or not up to date.
Still, it is nice to be able to pull out the phone and check position (GPS function) as well as call up weather reports, radar, and even AIS at times. Plus I use the smartphone for racing rules and apps, and to take photos of certain points on land or lighthouse/buoys for later reference. In an ideal world, I'd buy a smart phone that integrated nicely with a good quality chart plotter..... I'm not sure we're there yet.