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Re: How much do you use your Chartplotter?
You'd better learn to love your plotter, Ron...
Your Explorer Chartbooks of the Bahamas seem destined to be "outlawed", sooner or later...
But, hopefully not before Navionics fixes all of the gross inaccuracies that have long plagued their E-cartography of the Bahamas... :-)
Or Belize, for that matter:
"Red squiggle: where we ran aground. Black/red dots: deep water channel.
The channel is actually 300 yards east of what the Navnet Chart showed."
I basically sail the Bahamas with my Explorer Chartobook laying on the cockpit seat and open to the area I am navigatin. I do this despite the fact that my Garmin chart-plotter is suppose to have the Explorer charts loaded into it.
I've notice minor variations, and you never quit looking at the water, but I have been amazed at how accurate the Explorer Charts, and the Garmin chartplotter with the Exp. Charts loaded into it, actually are.
I still wouldn't blindly follow them through hazardous waters at night.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico