Cam why are you causing troubles.
Everybody knows you would not rely solely on GPS on your own boat and that you are taking up being devil's advocate for electronic navigation just to have fun on this thread.
Admit it! lol.
Differing nav gear and techniques are all important. The more you know, the better off you are going to be. Navigation is a process, a way of reaching out with your mind into the future and out across distances so that you can "feel" your way forward in your mind's eye. Navigation is the way to perceive many possible courses of action and to discern a path forward for yourself and for your boat so that you end up with the result you desire.
What is situational awareness
? (wiki link)
Situational awareness is having the image in your brain match up to the real world in and around your boat. It's that comfortable feeling you get when a lot of information matches up in your head and it all seems to be saying the same thing, a feeling of confidence you get from having a lot of things come together so that you can move forward. It is also the subtle feeling of suspicion you get when one of your perceptions doesn't match up and you start to realize something has changed, that you need to investigate more to see what is going on and get the image in your head to match back up to reality again.
GPS is a single amazing tool. But it is just one tool, and the human mind lusts for much more information than this one tool can provide, even if you have 10 GPS receivers onboard. Navigation is about a lot more than having a hyper accurate fix. Being able to navigate is being able to know what is apt to happen next, to see into the future and divine a way forward that ends in success. It is a process and a history of experiences that gives you the ability to act correctly to achieve an end. And I think a good navigator on a boat is probably a good navigator in a lot of other endeavors as well. Philosophically I think that a good navigator is someone who can be molded by whatever powers of nature exist in this world to become a learned participant, clever and able to outwit circumstances, willful and self-directed enough to slip forward through adversity. Much like the water we sail on.
By way of analogy (and I have used this one before) - Having an accurate GPS fix is like knowing exactly down to the penny what every stock is selling for on the stock market. It's great to know, but it doesn't mean you're going to make any money.
Navigation is the ability to snatch fortune from an all too often unfortunate world.
EDIT: (you confessed before I even finished my post! LOL)
Originally Posted by Cam
LOL...Well I went trolling and caught a big FISH!! (G)
We knew it all along lol ....