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Old 07-27-2011
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Why I still carry paper...

Over the years, been using chart plotters since 1997, I have come across many errors and omitted pieces of data from the NOAA cartography. This is why I still carry paper and do my best to mix that and my plotters information with "local knowledge". When cruising my home waters paper only comes out in thick fog but it is still always on-board.

We also suffered a lightning strike last year which took out four devices not plugged into ANYTHING. Essentially all electronic gear on-board, including my laptop, and disconnected back up GPS devices, was fried.

This is but one example of a Garmin error....

0.2 nm Scale:

0.3 nm Scale - Hey Where Did The Land Go??:

0.5 nm Scale - Land, Land, Bueller, Bueller.........:

0.8 nm Scale - Oh there you are..........

Check out the 108 foot deep spot on the 0.3 & 0.4 nm scales.... Oh yeah that's a hill not a harbor.....

I find it amusing when people pay such homage to a particular brand like they are infallible or something. None of them are and they ALL make mistakes. I love my Gamin stuff but it is FAR from perfect...
-Maine Sail / CS-36T

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Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-27-2011 at 07:58 AM.
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