I wouldn't recommend using Google Earth for navigation, IIRC, it is highly reliant on having a good internet connection, since it "logs" in to the server when it launches. Try running it without a net connection and see what happens..
If you're just using it for trip planning at home, where an internet connection is going to be relatively reliable, go for it. But be aware that the GPS and the Google Maps chart datums may not match.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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