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Old 04-14-2018, 12:37 PM   #2
Marcus
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Re: Practical Navigation Solution for Small Boats: Navionics and iPad?

Solely relying upon electronics for navigation is a recipe for death. I'd suggest some study of your area on a actual map whilst recognizing features relative to their compass headings. Especially your safe port. Your compass is your go to instrument. Any navigation class that doesn't teach you how to use a compass shouldn't be teaching. A GPS is your next line of defense. Always carry a battery operated back up.
It's scary when the dense fog rolls in and you can't see but 20' in front of you. It's even worse in a boat that requires enough water to safely navigate...hence, all the more reason you need to be aware of the contours/features of your local area. A depth finder helps. Relying upon electronics is a recipe for failure/death. Read my sig.
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