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Re: Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?
I'm surprised how few (one) mentioned that a compass does not give the same information as GPS. GPS says where you are going, not where you are pointed.
Tacking. Tell the helmsman port 100 degrees. GPS will not be so accurate over short periosd or at low speeds. In light air it will be plain stupid.
Anchored. Which way is the wind?
Current and Leeway. How much difference?
Silly. You need both.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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