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post #11 of Old 05-03-2012
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Re: Reasons for knowing TVMDCAW

A GPS tells you where you are and where you have been, not where you are going. You need to know how to use a compass to figure out where you are going. I was on a 7 day passage a few years ago. We had 2 handhelds and a chart plotter. One handheld went over the side in a storm, the other had the batteries go dead and we didn't have enough extras, and the chart plotter shorted out during the storm. Without a paper chart and a compass we would mad landfall at the wrong destination.
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