1968 Pearson Wanderer 30
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
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I would say that like any other man-made tool or technology, you have to know how to use it. The original post was basically saying don't rely on GPS to the exclusion of using your own eyes and sense. Which is not to say don't use GPS, or that GPS will always steer you wrong.
Case in point: last weekend I took my family out on my "new" (old) sailboat for our first overnighter. I had bought a Garmin chartplotter for the boat and we used it to get out to a very nice anchorage. Overnight some ugly weather came in and stayed with us all day the next day.
I never would have made it back to our marina without that chartplotter. Visibility was about 1 NM - it was socked in, very gray, misty, foggy, rainy, spray, etc., as far you could see (which was not very far). I did not use the chartplotter to the exclusion of looking around and reading paper charts, though. But there were several times where, if it had not been for the GPS, I would not have been able to easily determine just exactly where the heck I was.
So, like any other tool, use it, but know how to use it - and, perhaps more importantly, how not to use it.
- Bill T.
- Richmond, VA
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
- Mark Twain