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Re: Chartplotters for sailing
The T7 is mounted in a winch under the dodger and it's very secure except in a roll. It has a rotary dial which I believe can zoom or button presses... can't recall actually. I don't usually get caught in severely challenging land falls as Chuck describes... But sailing in Maine at night, with fog approaches that level of uncertainty. I rarely drive from the helm... but of course with nasty short steep waves I would do better than the AP... But I don't think I would be looking at a plotter screen to thread the needle in those conditions. Anything is possible of course.
I do not have a place for and so fixed mount in the cockpit is not happening. The present location works great... and would support a larger screen.. but sitting right next to it... it works perfectly well.
BTW a most useful feature is the course / heading line which shows where the boat is going assuming no current change. In the attached I was headed for Port Jef and simply tweak the AP to get the course/heading line to intersect the entry buoy. I can pretty much navigate like this without bothering to enter a way point. That simply generates numbers... course to waypoint, distance to waypoint and time to go to waypoint.
pay attention... someone's life depends on it
Last edited by SanderO; 11-26-2017 at 06:22 AM.