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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?
Mine come on prior to castoff and stay on, with the rarest of exception. It's a pre-launch checklist thing to know your stuff works before you need it.
For coastal cruising, power consumption is virtually a non-issue for us. For longer passages, one really should have sufficient capability to keep one running.
Of course, one should also be able to live without it. Electronics are not bulletproof, so redundancy and low tech backups are mandatory.
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