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Re: Charting a course

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I don't use routes on my GPS. I have way points in it that I can make my target destination, (or several, one after the other), but I've rarely found the weather and currents allow me to sail a route as planned, unless I'm motoring or motor sailing.
Agreed... I rate the 'Route Mentality', and the use of the Track mode to have autopilots steer to the next waypoint, as one of the primary contributing factors to sailors sailing less, and motoring more...

Sail the boat to the wind and current, leave that stuff to the Sea Ray drivers... :-)
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Re: Charting a course

I have always(well a while back now) done it with waypoints every certain distance.

you have a destination waypoint and a starting waypoint.

I never use a track function because like jon and capta says you sail by wind and current direction. so its futile to try to go down the highway mentality.

Usually I would add waypoints based on islands or shoals, or shallow areas, or places that I would tack over on another course.

All I need is a chart and a gps...a pencil, some parallel rulers and a protractor.

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