I spent some time in a marine store yesterday with a proper chart section; I’m talking wide wooden drawers stocked full of large, cream-colored Canadian and U.S. paper charts, which is a rarity these days. Adorning the shelves nearby were chart books, cruising guides and tide tables. Not found within sight was anything to do with navigation electronics. Shocking, I know.
Thumbing through the charts and chart books instantly brought me to the places I was seeing. The various scales of charts sent my mind to longer passage routes and then had me picking out every rock and buoy at the entrance to an anchorage. In this day and age where multifunction displays, smart phones and tablets cover most of our navigational needs, it got me thinking: does my iPad actually make navigation easier or does it dull my ability to pilot the boat while enjoying what’s around? Even though electronic charting technology will continue to get better for mariners, there’s nothing quite like pulling out the real thing to make and execute a passage plan.
Enjoy this week’s edition.
Two sailors are safe after their 37-foot sailing vessel sustained severe damage when it ran aground, stranding them on a small remote island near Malden Island, Kiribati in ...On April 22, 2015 / By Tatja Hopman
The SY Silandra was boarded by officers from the French Customs Coastguard 125 miles off Martinique on Wednesday, April 15. The vessel was about to begin a trans-Atlantic ...On April 22, 2015 / By Tatja Hopman
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US Sailing is inviting literally everyone to sail ‘together’ for the 15th annual, worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing. ...On April 22, 2015 / By Tatja Hopman
As an official stopover partner of the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover, the only North American stopover from ...On April 2, 2015 / By Andrew Cross
Carbon fiber has established itself as a wonder material in vehicle construction, with its mix of low weight and high strength being prized for many of the world’s ...On April 1, 2015 / By Andrew Cross