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Old 11-18-2006
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The end of paper charts?

I have been reading an excellent book called The Complete book of Sailing by Bob Bond, David Pelly, Brian Grant, Jonathan Clark, and Adrian Morgan.
There is a section about all the new electronic navigation systems, and they say that some people are trying to completely replace paper charts with CD roms that you can view with a small computer like thing. Is it really true that there could eventually be no paper charts left? I have always thought that a sailing yacht wasn't a proper boat without the navigation table with parallel rules, dividers, and charts. The idea of all these electronic machines horrifies me. I hope that some of you agree with me.

Also, I read in Ocean Navigator that someone has invented a system for yachts that can tell you how to steer your course without using landmarks such as buoys.
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