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Wind...sorry if my verbage wasn't specific enough about what I was complaining about. A large part og this thread has been about GPS and the need for Sextants and Coastal Piloting skills as backup. More recently we have those in favor of keeping Loran as well as a redundant backup on another thread.
My attitude remains that (in addition to keeping accurate paper charts and plotting as you go) GPS is all you need these days as long as you have multiple GPS's running and plenty of cheap backups w/ batteries.
This comes in for some criticism by others (damn luddites! ) but your posts which LUMP GPS and Chartplotters together (even though I know you know the difference) make it seem like there is DANGER in relying on nothing but GPS and your own eyes. The reality in my opinion is that there is danger in relying on anything ELSE other than GPS and your own eyes (which includes keeping a paper track and comparing reading from 2 GPS's to eliminate error possibility to the vanishing point.) I agree with you about chartplotters...my comments on Celestial were for others on this thread. So if you say chartplotters or CP's instead of using GPS interchageably in you posts...we can talk about them without a problem all you want.