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Old 02-02-2011
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In major boating areas of the USA, the charts, regardless of the maker, are probably going to be fairly accurate. As you get further off the beaten path...the charts will be less accurate, be based on older data, etc. However, if you get into the habit of relying on the chartplotter as "gospel", when you get into those further-off-the-beaten-path areas, it will come to bite you on your backside. IMHO, it is better to not learn bad habits to begin with.
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