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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

I use heading up when underway and North up when plotting the course before heading out.

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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

I use course up. The main reason is most of my sailing is around Narragansett bay and RI sound so I'm rarely out of sight of land. Course up gives me the quickest feedback to compare against DR nav. If I were to sail to the great blue yonder I may switch to north up as then maintaining a compass course is more important

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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned what I find is the best thing about COG (course over ground) up.

It lets me easily see how the currents are affecting the vessel. Especially in unfamiliar waters.
Hmmm, it might be easier for you to see it that way, but I doubt there are many plotters out there than can't perform set/drift calculations in a North Up mode, as well...
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Hmmm, it might be easier for you to see it that way, but I doubt there are many plotters out there than can't perform set/drift calculations in a North Up mode, as well...
Yup, my Simrad NSS does a great job with set/drift while with a north up config. I am amazed how accurate it is.
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Head up for sure. Your mind my get tricked when going through dangerous channel w/ multi marks as I did going through Woods Hole, Ma. and going aground It was bad but no damage.
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Re: Need Opinion: Chart plotter, north up or course up?

Well after several attempts to run course up on my chart plotter, I give up. It just does not work for me. The Admiral now also prefers north up. Having the chart pivot around the boat on the display drives me crazy. Newbies on the boat will just need to get used to it. I guess I have had too many years in using paper charts, something about teaching old dogs new tricks.

It was an interesting discussion, thanks for everyone's input.
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Well after several attempts to run course up on my chart plotter, I give up. It just does not work for me. The Admiral now also prefers north up. Having the chart pivot around the boat on the display drives me crazy. Newbies on the boat will just need to get used to it. I guess I have had too many years in using paper charts, something about teaching old dogs new tricks.

It was an interesting discussion, thanks for everyone's input.
Glad to hear the Admiral has finally Seen the Light :-)
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