Download it here. The app is searchable in the Google Play Store under Sailboat Owners.
Sorry iPhone/iPad users, we are still waiting on Apple. :(Click the X in the upper right corner to make this go away
Oh, Stu, that is near the top of my annoyance list :cussing: It really irks me when the CG throws out coordinates, mushed together, without repeating, and no reference to some point of coast. Good grief, we all don't have radio operators taking shorthand nor recorders (and neither do many commercial operators). I've called them back and asked and they've always cooperated altho sometimes obviously puzzled by my request.I'm more bummed about the darn USCG reports of vessels needing assistance that give the lat lon without saying: "That's five hundred yards south of Point Blount" too.
I agree with all (especially the 'talk to me' GPS in the car) of that except for one small detail.I completed the CYA coastal nav course last year. My reasons for wanting to know chart-based navigation are:
- my wife and I love maps and love to navigate by them. When we were young and carefree, a perfect Sunday would start by flipping open a good road atlas, picking a destination or a direction, then getting there by sideroads. I'll never have one of those bloody car GPS that go "turn right here". *I* say when and where to turn.
- larger bodies of water are still a bit wilder place than on land. I want to learn to relate what I see on a chart, what I read on all my instruments, to what is around me.
- having a chart is a legal requirement in many places
- all available chartplotters and GPS units have too small a screen. When there's a 11" x 17" iPad with GPS available from Apple, maybe I'll throw out the chart
We do have a small handheld GPS, and I've used it when I needed more certainty of our position, and it's a great toy for playing with speed CMG etc.
Cautiously They also ran aground or got lost more often.Just to put "old school" into perspective ...
How did they navigate before they had charts? Someone had the skill to get there with no chart and collect data points from which a chart could be made.
Your other points are very good. Sailors need to use all available tools to keep themselves in safe water and find their destinations. I would never go on a long or medium voyage without a GPS on board. But if you gave me a choice between a depth sounder and a GPS, I would take the depth sounder.A chart is an aid to navigation, it is certainly possible to navigate without one.
When charts became available did sailors forget or stop using the methods they had before?
How did they manage before they had chronometers?
GPS systems and chartplotters are just an evolution. Just as charts and chronometers were.
How good is your navigation when you cannot fix your position for 2-3 days? don't you think it would be borderline negligent NOT to have a GPS unit?
I love paper charts too ... try to find one for Banderas Bay Mexico that is newer that WWII vintage. :cussing: I have west coast of Mexico from the 1600's ... I compare the display on the chartplotter with the radar returns, I trust what I can see and the radar more than any chart. The laptop I run as repeater can overlay raster charts, vector charts, and radar. I know how bad the best charts of this area are.
Basic Navigation tools start with the MkI human eyeball. Then add the best aids available. You shouldn't be lost without your chart and you shouldn't be lost without your GPS. What most people call "Navigation" I think is more accurately "Piloting" and those are skills every sailor should have. Hell I still keep a lead line on the boat.
Sailors in coastal US waters don't seem to understand that the quality of coastal charts they are used to just do not exist in many places.
Just my opinion ... your mileage may vary ...
Levin, there are some world cruisers who use a sextant to take their noon (and whenever) sightings, do the calculations to get lat/lon, then they turn on the GPS just to check their result. This assures them their sextant skills are still in order.So what does the rest of the board think? Is there any merit in old navigational skills other than wanting to claim one is salty enough to know how to use a sextant? Levin