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.