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My experience; even when I read my exact position off of a chart, in a small bay, trianglaleted from three prominent objects on the light list, after describing my position on a well known and clearly marked shoal, and being in easy sight of a prominent landmark, and reading out the cross street I was able to see with binoculars,...They still instisted they could not find me without GPS coordinates they could punch into their goto setting on their chart recorder.
They found me anyway, later I bought a small portable GPS and returnd to same position, Yes I was correct in the lat lon I gave them.
I realize they often get calls from people that have no idea where they where. AND if I knew so well where I was, why did I run aground???
Yes I asked myself the same question.
Long and short of it is; they are used to GPS calls. Not everyone in the coast guard is an experienced mariner with decades of experience. Some are new kids right out of high school. The experienced ones are more likely to at a desk job as in all other military or government institutions. The more info you give them the faster they come. A GPS is cheap insurance, I would carry mine even in a kayak, they are even cheaper than a kayak.
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