Originally Posted by davidpm
Depends on what else you carry. Since I got a hand held chart plotter I very seldom use binoculars anymore.
Most of the time we used to use them to identify nav aids.
With the the GPS you have a very good idea what you are looking at even at a distance.
We used ours mainly to look at other sailboats and the houses (mansions mostly) on the islands, not so much for navigation.
Very frustrating to see an incredible-looking mansion from a distance but not to be able to see it up close with the binoculars.
Oh, and occasionally we also used them when approaching a mooring to find an empty mooring ball rather than cruise through the boats when we didn't have to.