Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Look at a chart before setting GPS course
OK, I can understand making a mistake entering a course on a GPS. But shouldn't someone have been on watch? Unless the weather was really bad, how could they miss seeing England? And if the weather was that bad, shouldn't they have been closely monitoring the GPS screen zoomed in on their location?
I think there's more to this story.
For sure. It seems that people at the helms of some large ships have obtained their credentials from mail order websites. We only hear about the few disasters out of the thousands of competent captains but there are some real jokers out there as evidenced by recent shipwrecks.
I was really referring to the small boat sailor who has no small scale paper charts to see the big picture, buys a Garmin GPS, plots two waypoints and turns on the "highway" screen, not thinking about what might be in between point A and B. It's understandable that someone with 0 experience with electronic nav might make this kind of mistake. It really is difficult to ascertain the details of what lies in between waypoints unless, in planning, you take the time to follow your route in large scale mode. The layers in electronic charts do not show the same things. Sometimes an object will only appear at a certain zoom level on a specific layer. Of course this is not true of ENGLAND:-)
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