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My navigation experience started on land in the Army and one of the things we learned was orienting a map to the surface, first with a compass, then by terrain association. The point of the excercise was so that the depiction of things on the map were actually in relation to their true location on the ground. Later as a pilot, I learned to postion my paper chart "course up" so that identifiable points along the course appeared in the same direction out the window as they did on the chart. When GPS moving map came along with their "north up" default display, I found it terribly confusing. Setting the display to "course up" allows me to effortlessly maintain situational awareness. I'm sure there are human factors experts out there that could explain why that is, but for me, it is much less mentally taxing to have a moving map display with my course up. When plotting courses or taking bearings off a chart I have no problem with north up, or the conversions from "grid" to mag or the reverse.
As for my nav station, I was happy with the nav station on my O'day 322 (like Hillsters pic) and I am pretty happy with the nav station on my C36. I wouldn't mind some more shelf space but overall I really like the forward facing station. Later models turned the nav station facing outwards and I think I would lke that less.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 01-18-2009 at 08:36 AM.