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post #13 of Old 05-27-2007 Thread Starter
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Being a pessimist, as well as a contrarian, I suspect just the opposite is true. GPS and chartplotter assisted grounding, due to over-confidence or over-reliance, is a very real issue. Training in the proper use of electronic navigation equipment is essential and under-appreciated. The term "radar assisted collision" is not just a punch line to a bad joke; it happens. The small boat navigator with nothing but the Mk I, Mod 0, precision eyeball is unlikely to leave, or enter, port when the fog is dense preferring to wait for safer conditions. The GPS reliant navigator is probably more likely to say, "so what if we can't see anything, we can tell where we are right here on the black box".

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