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It could very well happen...
The degredation in signal process and coordination is (and has been a known issue). It would not be a surprise to see the system crash. I would also comment that GPS can be degraded at will by the government in a national emergency, or by a cyber attack, so those of you who still cannot read a paper chart should become proficent. I use a gps, but always back it up with paper unless the trip is local and the weather is fine. Knowing how to navigate with a total electrical or device failure is a critical component of competent seamanship. I am constantly amazed at captains who put the family, guests and crew in harms way by believeing they are fullfulling their navigation responsibility by pressing the power button.
Dana Point California and the Soggy Dollar Jost Van Dyke