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Re: GPS Accuracy - how much is actually needed
If you cant take sights then you shouldnt be there or should be dead stopped until visibility gets better. A prudent navigator relies on what he sees, not something a black box tells him.
You rarely sail in places where fog can occur, it would appear...
In 27 yrs of extensive sailing, I've never needed "waypoints" and still dont get why people do. Instead, for example exiting Sea of Abaco near Little Harbor, I get to where the "white house" lines up at X degrees and follow the reciprocal course until my GPS Lon. reads zz.zzz to indicate that I am well clear of all the hazards. Then I can head on a course of 170 to Spanish Wells. Waypoints? Why?
Well, waypoints can be be pretty damn handy, at times... Not everywhere has conveniently placed white houses, after all... :-)
To each his own...