It's an overcast, rainy day here in Carriacou, too. lolMakes sense. i like playing with paper charts but underway I can see the benefit of having real time location and navigation. I'm just bored on a rainy day looking at NOAA charts and getting frustrated with Marina's that cant seem to respond to a basic question via email.
Have redundancy on electronics. MFDs, IPads, laptop etc. but still have paper cruising guides. Often have several different sourced electronic charts up and a guide open when approaching a new unknown landfall. Not infrequently they disagree. Then resort to”if it’s blue go on through. If it’s brown run aground.” Still have a log and a drop line as well. Grass, debris floating in the water, turbulence and other things can give false depth readings. Depth can be different in front or back of the boat.
Really only use a plotting chart with any frequency. And that’s on passage. Good to see progress. Use who’s on watch’s initials. May write in pencil weather information on it as well as where weather router wants us to be by what time. Although drop waypoints with same information on electronic charts for that paper is a nice quick way to reference. Use multiple colors and symbols so don’t get confused when doing that on electronic charts.
Try this one.I only saw guides to the Caribbean by Doyle
Losing GPS might be annoying, but wouldn't prevent me from using my electronic tools to plot DRs or fixes. If you're using "Fisher Price" software that removes almost all functionality beyond "looking at the pretty pictures" then keeping paper might be wise.Onboard electronics may not fail... but the GPS system can or be turned off for "military purposes. Electronic navigation gear is so robust these days and quite user friendly... maybe too user friendly. Being able to navigate was a skill that kept some jerks off the water. Not so these days... more jerks BECAUSE of electronic navigation.
I keep a chart kit on board and my old Caribe charts... rarely look at them.
I’m curious , How do you figure that paper charts which are up to date reduces safety?Losing GPS might be annoying, but wouldn't prevent me from using my electronic tools to plot DRs or fixes. If you're using "Fisher Price" software that removes almost all functionality beyond "looking at the pretty pictures" then keeping paper might be wise.
In my opinion technology has reached the point that many requirements for paper chart carriage may actually reduce safety. Yes, even when that technology enables the unskilled to get on the water.
First, I'm considering safety as a relative matter. That is, the invention of the compass allowed ships to follow more precise courses, and even to navigate more safely without clear visual references. Similarly, chronometers allowed many more to better work out their longitude, a problem that in earlier times may have contributed to events like the Scilly disaster of 1707. So, not taking advantage of current technology might be similar to having a car without three-point seatbelts, anti-lock brakes, or traction control, depending on the year the analogy is made.I’m curious , How do you figure that paper charts which are up to date reduces safety?
Despite the fact I use almost extensively electronics, there is an over dependency on it in thinking it’s the bees knees in accuracy. It lies in the overconfidence of the user glued to their mfds , autopilots etc, a also I wonder how many chips still in use are 5-10 years old.
Electronics can aid with safety, but I need specific examples where charts compromise safety as you reported. Thanks a head of time for your examples.��