Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Kent Island, MD
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Re: Preplanning your charter route
Speaking only about my experience...The first time that I chartered in the BVI..2005..I bought my own set of waterproof paper charts from Nautical Charts. They came as a set covering the BVI, USVI, and SVI. I had courses laid in with pencil for many scenarios.
There are a few incredibly positive things to be said about this...not the least of which is that it's good Seamanship to have a backup to electronics and Most importantly, to be informed of your waters and its hazards.
But I won't mention that. [HA!]
What I absolutely LOVE..this many years after 3 BVI Charters...is having these charts in my hand..with all of the routes, and corrections, and "Event" notes written on the charts the day that they happened...etc. INow that I own a boat, I may never be able, or want to, charter there again.
There is NO digital equivalent of this...and That makes me smile...
This is also a suggestion to keep a log...be sure to include the mundane and people related ...this is what will matter later.
Plan well...plan Sparsely...then only use it as a suggestion.
Being a good Captain, Anywhere, is exercising good judgement in a changing scenario..
Being a good Dad, or Mate, is making it look like it was never a big deal...it's about Fun...safely.