Originally Posted by JonEisberg
Would that include those times when the electrons might cease flowing aboard a small boat at sea, or into her chartplotters and/or computers?
Nah, that could NEVER happen, right? (grin)
I've debated this issue at length elsewhere, no need to repeat it here... I'm simply not entirely comfortable going anyhere without a paper backup, but that's probably just me... Many people nowadays obviously feel quite comfortable doing so...
I don't think it is just you. On most European countries (the others I m not sure) you will receive a fine if inspected and will not have aboard paper charts of the region where you are sailing independently if you have or not electronic charts.
I guess this means that the ones that are responsible in Europe for security in what regards pleasure boating consider that paper charts are indispensable at least as a back up, probably because as you have pointed out, electronics can get out of order or you can have no energy to run them.