Although we are not Luddites bemoaning the take over of electronics and warning of the dire consequence of over reliance on them, we are aware of several dangers in their exclusive use: electronic logging, datum errors, and waypoint entry error.
Three Electronic Charting Dangers That Can Wreck You
by John HarriesReading Time: 3 minutes
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- Three Electronic Charting Dangers That Can Wreck You
- Keeping Safe From Chart Inaccuracies
- You Still Need an Accurate Compass
- Chart Plotters And Autopilots, Never The Twain Should Meet
- Do You Still Need Paper Charts?
- Backup Systems, Do We Need Paper?
- 11 Tips for Safe Navigation With Phones and Tablets
- 12 Electronic Navigation Tips From a Cruise on Someone Else’s Boat
- Marine Electronics System Recommendations
- 6 Tips To Stop Marine Electronics From Ruining Your Cruise
- Marine Electronics Recommendations—Communications
- HF SSB Radio or Iridium Satellite Phone?
- Marine Electronics Recommendations—Radar
- Which is Best For Navigation: Plotter, Computer or Tablet?
- Our Navigation System
- The Best Windows Computer For Navigation
- Q&A Which Sextant To Buy…If At All
- The Secret Life Of Your GPS
- Coastal Passages, Part 1—Making a Plan, 10 Tips
- Coastal Passages, Part 2—Rounding Headlands
- Coastal Passages, Part 3—Off We Go
- Costal Passages, Part 4—Keep On Plugging
- Coastal Passages, Part 5—On To The Finish
- Passage Anchorages
- Navigating in Fog, Part 1, The Tools
- Navigation in Fog, Part 2—Preparation
- Navigation in Fog, Part 3—Underway
- 8 Radar Use Tips
- Integrating and Documenting NMEA 0183 and 2000 Networks
The August 2015 issue of Yachting Monthly (pages 14-20) has a good article by Tom Cunliffe, “How to Use Vector Charts Safely”. Worth reading!
The desirability of split-screen viewing depends partly on the size and quality of the monitor. We bought a top-line 22″ diagonalPC display when launching in 2004. It is rather outdated today, but is still larger than most yacht MFDs
We will probably replace with similar size better quality monitor soon.
We use split screen a lot. Agree wholeheartedly that weak targets show better on a plain black background (with a few speckles, as discussed above, of course)