How does anyone get anywhere new, if they don't aim for it? Easiest way to aim for it, is to assign it a waypoint and steer towards it. I totally agree that you can't assume that your new waypoint will be a safe waypoint, but that should become apparent as you approach it.
Unfortunately, I've seen too many rookies take the waypoints in their GPS for gospel...and that's usually a bad thing. I agree you can use them i fyou remember that they're not tested IRL, and as such should be approached cautiously.
I go buoy or marker to the next buoy or marker... and keep the GPS chartplotter for the big picture, and have the paper charts out. I use the Post-It tape flags to keep the position of the boat updated on the chart, especially if I'm in unfamiliar waters.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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