Before reading on, please take a moment to fill out this week’s survey so we can share your thoughts and experiences with the Cruising Compass family.
Many thanks to all readers who took the time to fill out last week’s survey on paper charts on a cruising boat. 78% of those who answered carry paper charts as a back up to their digital charter plotters. Of those readers, 58% carry a full set, 36% carry just the general small scale paper charts and a few cruising guides, and 6% carry the general small scale charts plus a sampling of harbor charts along the planned route. Of those readers who do not carry paper charts as a back up, 55% use a standalone laptop or tablet with digital charts and a GPS as back up, while 28% rely on a smartphone with digital charting apps and 16% reply on a handheld GPS with built-in charts.