The key to con­fi­dent pi­lotage

Yachting Monthly - - SKIPPER’S TIPS -

Here’s me pi­lot­ing through the rocks at the south­east cor­ner of Jersey. This isn’t as dif­fi­cult as the chart makes it look, but it’s a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the ben­e­fits of GPS-as­sisted pa­per nav­i­ga­tion. The won­der­ful, eco­nomic, iPad and Navion­ics sys­tem de­liv­ers the great­est break­through in pi­lotage in my life­time. It’s in my hand in the cock­pit and it shows me ex­actly where I am.

How­ever, noth­ing is for free and it suf­fers from the en­demic prob­lem of many vec­tor­based chart­ing sys­tems: its pre­sen­ta­tion isn’t as in­tu­itive as a pa­per chart. Plus, of course, no plot­ter screen is ever big enough to de­liver the over­view we need in this sort of sce­nario. I’ve found the best an­swer is to pi­lot on a good old Im­ray or Ad­mi­ralty pa­per chart and use the plot­ter to con­firm where I am. The con­fi­dence boost is ter­rific.

I al­ways use pa­per charts, and GPS-en­abled vec­tor charts, to­gether

I couldn’t find a cooker with a de­cent fid­dle so I had one made for me. Works a treat!

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