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post #20 of Old 10-22-2011
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Originally Posted by DRFerron View Post
...I have watched people in other boats sitting in their helm seats staring at whatever electronics are in front of them and not raising their heads for long periods of time to look around them. They do, indeed, look mesmerized.
Oops, that must have been YOU watching me when I was taking the AIS screenshots for the article I published in YOUR magazine last month!

I agree that instruments as a whole can be distracting, but not sure that AIS should be singled out over others. From what I've seen so far, its benefits far outweigh the negatives, especially on my busy river. I had several occasions this season when I got early warning of a freighter sneaking up behind me, well before I could make visual ID.

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