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post #5 of Old 09-29-2009
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I was once with a sailor who was so glued into his chartplotter that he totally ignored a reef he was approaching on the nose. when I kept asking him about it he kept saying it wasn't on the chart so not to worry. as we were within minutes of spearing the reef, complete with breaking foam (so it was more than visible), I pushed him aside and did a hard turn to the wheel to avoid a serious grounding scenario. Only then did he begin to use his sensory perception to understand what his elements were telling him vs. the chartplotter.

it's amazing how all of us at one time or another (myself included) sometimes key into what our electric gizmo's should be telling us, verses what reality is screaming at us....

hope your boat is ok. Glad you are still here to tell the tale!
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