Ah yes, I see. Anyone who doesn't pre-provision their boat with paper charts only needs to carry a flatbed plotter on board and hardware to interface with their chartplotter so they can print out their own charts if they find a sudden need underway for large-format paper charts. Right. Simple solution. So much more convenient than just having the charts on board.
No one said you couldnít or shouldnít print them prior to your passage. Sarcasm isnít helping your argument. Itís just that they are not very likely to be needed, especially with redundant technology.
Or they can find a chartplotter that still functions at all without GPS data, and learn how to plot positions and bearings on a little screen using functions for which the chartplotter was never designed. A final alternative (proposed in another post) is to dispense with charts altogether and, by determining your position with a sextant, navigate based entirely on your memory of where destinations and hazards are located, based only on lat and lon. Uh huh. No problem. Who needs paper charts?
iPad Navigation and Charting apps are actually quite good at providing data and effectively allowing for passage planning. Perhaps you consider it a little screen, but Iíve used it quite successfully, when my primary chart plotter went down. I did not resort to paper. Itís not even all that much smaller than my plotter screen.
Although, your aggressive attitude suggests you missed my early post that actually says I carry paper. I just never use it.
And: "You still take bearings and measure distance in the electronic charts, without it knowing your vessel position, much easier and faster than on paper." Presumable while performing coastal pilotage (because there is nothing to take bearings to at sea). I must have missed the instructions on how to accomplish that. Please enlighten me.
Do you really want to be enlightened? You do this exactly the same way you do it on paper. You set the first waypoint wherever youíve determined, or estimate via dead reckoning, that you are. Then you set the next at your destination. It can be 1 mile or 1,000 miles away. In two seconds it gives you bearing (to destination, not to a coastal land feature) and distance.
My point is: over dependence on technology with no backup and no secondary source of navigation - like a paper chart - becomes a hazard. I'm responding to the assertion that a chartplotter or other electronic device receiving positions only from GPS will always be sufficient for safe navigation. But bad and unexpected things never happen at sea. Right? People never have never hit a reef so gigantic that it could be seen on a single sheet atlas of the world, because of an over dependence on a chartplotter.
Sorry if I repeated a point you've already made about the vulnerabilities of GPS. I wasn't aware of your copyright, and certainly the point is too trivial to need repeating. This is a complex topic. I was apparently mistaken by believing the subject was: "NOAA Seeks Comment on Ending ALL 'Traditional' Paper Charts." I'm so very sorry if I failed to conform rigidly to the mental model of others. I was under the misconception that this was a discussion, not the transactions of a mutual admiration society. I'll refrain henceforth from disturbing the harmony of group agreement. I obviously don't belong to your tribe. So I'll leave now.
Iíve nothing to add to this last rant. I think youíre trying to pull new tricks out of the hat, after accusing me of having my head in the sand, only to receive your comeuppance for being so mistaken. No need to leave with your ball, after backing yourself in a corner. Hope you stick around.