Originally Posted by Tubsmacker
Just as an add on to the thread. I went on a sailing refresher course recently and was taken aback by the amount of time that people were taking finding position on a paper chart using lat longs from a gps. Particularly in view of the fact that the approx position was known. Time spent below was counter productive in a very busy shipping area I thought.
It appears as though you are throwing stones at an acceptable and encouraged method of safe and practicle navigation aboard a vessel? Evidentially you never lost your electrics whilst flying in controled airspace which can and does happen aboard a sailing vessel. The paper charts are a reference tool to the last known position and if taken every 30 minutes will provide a beginning point for dead reckoning if needed. "I rekon I'm dead right". This is not the forum for a replacement for a navigational class but there are many boat saftey classes available. Get into one for your own good, and maybe mine.