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Re: Handheld GPS differences

I don't hate paper charts. I love paper charts. I just think for where I'm going next(Bahamas) I would have to get so many to cover an 800 mile stretch. And if I continue to the carribean I'll need even more. With a GPS or ipad or whatever I can get what I need to ahead I time.

Last summer I used iphone, eTrex and paper charts. I probably used 80-90% paper. But I was also in a 200 mile area and never without pretty easily identifiable landmarks. It made sailing by sight easy.

But the Bahamas are flat. It's got to be harder to find an anchorage when it's all....flat. I can't look at the landscape topography.

Oh, Alex. Another benefit to a fixed is being able to integrate it with an autopilot. As you may remember I said if there was one thing I would have done differently last summer it would have been to get an autopilot. It would be really nice to have it follow my route on the chart plotter instead of a compass course. They do that right?
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