Originally Posted by SlowButSteady
Sounds like a rather silly requirement. If you ask me, chartplotters give folks a false sense of security. Also, a handheld GPS is a much more robust device; it's electrically isolated from the rest of the boat, it's light and physically isolated (a.k.a., it can move rather than have to resist the full impact of something hitting it), and it forces one to look at the actual paper charts (true even with plotter-type handheld, since the screens are so small).
Even with a full sized plotter I'd still want a hand held for those just in case moments. We do the same as a lot of you and use the handheld for lat/long then plot on chart. It will be interesting to see if this changes at all with a full size plotter.
We do have chart plotter now installed but to be honest the screen is so absurdly small that we still on really use it for position.
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Last edited by tdw; 05-17-2011 at 07:13 PM.