Originally Posted by DRFerron
That confuses me. If I'm using a paper chart I'd rather do the conversion when I'm not under stress, as, presumably I would be if I'm at the point where I'm giving my rescuers my position.
That makes sense. If you are always converting to true it will be second nature to you, so if you are in distress you won't be struggling to remember whether you're supposed to add whiskey to virgins or if there is the least yeast in the east or what.
I suppose another benefit to working in true is that most people most of the time will be navigating off their GPS, and that will always be true.
But for whatever reason, my teacher taught us to work in magnetic.
It's all strictly theoretical for me, as all my sailing so far has been on Lake Superior and the variation there is only 1º so you can pretty much ignore it.