I understand HUD tech and I'm not dismissing it , I just don't see it as a viable or reliable sailing tool just simply another cumbersome toy.
What I meant by old school was navigation tools that we all have on our boats today that are not that far removed from the navigation tools on boats centuries ago, tools that don't need upgrading every five year, that don't need tech support and the only source of power needed is sitting on your shoulders.
I think seamanship suffers when reliance on high tech clouds your mind and that is nothing more than my personal opinion.
I'm sure the old salts said chart plotters were just cumbersome toys when they first came out, not keeping an open mind on the future potential of the new technology.
Seamanship doesn't suffer from reliance on high tech, they are aids. Aids not crutches. If using good seamanship is used nothing should cloud anything. Knowledge is power and the more you know the better it is. Having that knowledge that much closer and available to you the better and safer.
I see we disagree on this somehow, I'm not sure if you are discouraging this because it's "new" or because it's unknown to you... From what I take out of it, we shouldn't rely on AIS, radar, electronic charts, depth sounders, etc because a sailor could rely on these for travels. I guess we all just need to whip out our sextants and lead line in between tacks when coming into port so we know we're in the correct waters.
It's beyond me how technology(not just this) gets shutdown because it's "new" and unproven,(fiberglass was here at one time, I guess this wood guys sure showed them). Just like gps, this is new technology that is barely out of infancy. You shouldn't knock progression. If it isn't for you that's fine.
I formally agree to disagree, respectfully.
-sent from sea via corked bottle