Keeping a log
I have cruised Lake Michigan each summer for the last 25 years and have been to all but a couple of ports on the lake. I do not keep a log and, in clear weather do not enter my postion on a chart unless I am in tricky waters. In fog, I do enter my position on a paper chart every 30 minutes. I know quite a few sailors that enter their position in their log at regular intervals regardless of conditions. Many of them feel I am too care free about my cruising. I also do not bother using my compass when travelling along a coast - I just look at the chart and if the water is clear treat it like a day sail. Am I too lax?