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Re: Charting a course
I don't often put an entire route in the chartplotter at once. Routes are often interrupted by traffic or winds don't allow one to follow it precisely anyway. More often, I move the cursor to my next desired waypoint, which I planned on a chart or the screen over coffee in the morning and just "go-to" it. When I get there, I start over. A half hour between waypoints would often be minimum, so it even gives me something to do on a passage. If waypoints are close together, such as in tighter waterways, they are all the less likely to allow perfect following anyway. Most often, a route line is really just a danger bearing for me anyway. I may place the cursor outside an obstruction to know, while I'm tacking/jibing, that I don't want to be on the wrong side of it, rather than follow it precisely.
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