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post #24 of Old 12-12-2012
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Re: Gps navigation advise

The wonderful thing about all the new technology that has "replaced" paper charts is that one can now get a device that displays all the information on one screen.

AIS, radar, chart plotter depth sounder, everything one needs to exactly observe not only one's own position relative to all things stationary but also to observe one's position to and the identity of the more threatening of those things moving.

There are even some of us that believe the screen on this marvelous piece of equipment will never go black, leaving one without ANY form of positional data.

The paper charts I use cannot accidentally switch off. Sure I use GPS to find the spot on the chart where I think I'm at but if I'm able to hit something then I'm also able to see it using the good old Mark 1 Eyeball.

To each his own.


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