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Old 10-24-2013
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Re: NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts

This is a subject I feel very strongly about.

Cruising, especially passage making, without paper charts is very poor seamanship. I have had my electronics fail - both the older electronics (C80 from lightning strike) and new electronics (E80s on corrosion on HSB). Given enough time, yours will too. THey are electronics!

Paper charts can be waterproof, and they can go into sleeves to stay dry. You can also make a copy of the paper charts and pencil plot on them in case you lose your electronics to assist in DR.

Don't get me wrong - I love my GPS and chart plotter. It sure is easy and convenient. But backups are absolutely necessary or one of these days, you are gong to get caught blindsided.

Now I do have exceptions to this. For those who are sailing local waters, lakes, etc... you really don't have to have paper charts. You could undoubtedly find your way back without any aids. But the thought of doing any kind of cruising or passage making without them is akin to those who don't think they need a VHF because they have a cell phone.

My opinions.

Brian
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