Originally Posted by Faster
I think that the new GPS plotters are, for the most part, great but unnecessary toys for we coastal cruisers. Since what we mostly do is what is known as "conning", i.e. navigating mosty by sight through recognition of landmarks and navaids, the GPS with its maps are a convenience, with the additional information such as distance to go, time to destination etc. somewhat useful as well.
I wouldn't call them playthings. After a full day going from point A to point B with the kids, I need my GPS to tell me my time to destination so I know when I'll be on the hook with a beer in hand!!!! Absolutely critical and irreplaceable. With paper charts I'd have to use my brain and figure out distance and speed and current, etc. to determine COG, SOG and when I'll be there!!!!