Keeping Safe From Chart Inaccuracies

I have blurred the vessel names to protect the imprudent.

Here's one simple tip that can save you a huge amount of grief...and possibly your boat:

Beware the dangers of assumed accuracy.

What I'm referring to here is the very human tendency—we all do it, including me—of assuming that because the presentation of navigation or weather information is really slick, that the underlying data must be accurate—the two are not correlated.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments