Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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Anyone who relies solely on electronics, and sails without DR skills and the paper, CALIBRATED COMPASS, stop watch and other tools necessary for DR is eventually in for a RUDE awakening someday.
I just lost FOUR GPS's, VHF, RADAR, EPIRB, NAV Lights AND my NAV COMPUTER etc. etc. on and on in a split second lightning strike three weeks ago. FOur or five members of my club were all perplexed how I was out sailing the next day? "Didn't you loose your electronics?" , "Yes, but I don't need them to go sailing."
Because I still know my DR / paper plotting I was still able to sail for the last three weeks including fog.. Sailing without traditional back up is simply un-wise..
That being said I would NEVER rely on my computer or iPad for navigation purposes. I own four dedicated chart plotters, one at the nav station, one at the helm and two plotting hand held units. Plotters are by a long shot more reliable. Wish I could say the same for my computers & phone. If I had a dime for each time they failed me I'd be retired and YES I do own BOTH Mac's and PC's and neither are imune from failure, freeze ups and hiccups. Actually my MAcbook Pro has been a huge POS so much so that I fought buying my wife an iPad. The iPad is a TOY not a device to be depended on for navigation IME...
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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