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(NPR)   In a cost cutting move, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stops printing nautical charts. Carnival Cruise Lines: What are nautical charts?   (npr.org) divider line 8
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2013-10-25 04:44:38 PM
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I don't care how sophisticated a bridge is today,  all that stuff can break.  No captain should be at sea without paper sharts, compass and sexant.
2013-10-25 10:34:06 AM
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mr lawson: Wellon Dowd: Until you lose power and have to navigate with a dead GPS.

or gps falls out of it's bracket after taking a small rogue wave broad side while you are in the middle of Key Biscayne and have to navigate the sandbars back to port using dead reckoning, compass and charts.


If you're in the middle of Key Biscayne on a boat, it's likely on a trailer.
2013-10-25 05:16:45 PM
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studebaker hoch: I don't care how sophisticated a bridge is today,  all that stuff can break.  No captain should be at sea without paper sharts, compass and sexant.


Talk about paper cuts...
2013-10-25 12:13:30 PM
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joness0154: MrSteve007: ikanreed: I don't like pointless cost-cutting, but printing charts in the era of GPS and the internet is kind of silly.

Believe it or not, but some of us actually sail to locations to where there isn't cell service, and certain spots actually don't even get GPS reception. That, plus I don't fully trust my Raymarine chartplotter; depending on the firmware upgrade, it will randomly reset.

I spent about $1,000 on charts this year ($600 on electronic versions). The printed charts are updated every year, so it's a good idea to upgrade. It's fairly common to have previously unmarked, submerged rocks added to the charts up here in the Puget Sound/Alaskan Inside Passage.

If you're not getting GPS signals on a sailboat then your GPS receiver sucks.

I fly in a 100% paperless cockpit now.  2 WAAS GPS receivers built into the aircraft along with 2 stand alone (iPhone & iPad).  There's no need for paper anymore, whether sailing or flying.  If I lose GPS signal (never happened) I can still navigate using pilotage, dead reckoning, and the electronic chart versions I have on the iPhone/iPad.


I've never used my eBrake before, there's no need for it anymore.
2013-10-25 10:56:55 AM
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wxboy: ikanreed: I don't like pointless cost-cutting, but printing charts in the era of GPS and the internet is kind of silly.

Depending on electronic charts without the paper backup seems like a disaster waiting to happen.


So print the .pdfs you'll need before leaving the dock. That's what I'll be doing. Well, that and crying and blubbering that I want to live. Mommy.

/uses a sextant as well as GPS
//probably going to go missing on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis
2013-10-25 10:31:03 AM
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Wellon Dowd: ikanreed: I don't like pointless cost-cutting, but printing charts in the era of GPS and the internet is kind of silly.

Until you lose power and have to navigate with a dead GPS.


I hope you never find out that most major airline cockpits are now paperless....I'd hate for you to be concerned!
2013-10-25 10:11:57 AM
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How are we supposed to find Thor's Twins now, Jonesy?
2013-10-25 09:31:23 AM
1 votes:
Charts are those big sheets of paper with lines and squiggles and numbers on them that show where your f*cking boat is adrift
 
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