if GPS were not available

dylanwinter

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the other etrex and a pea stick

can't see that GPS is ever going to stop

and if it did - well I guess I would have other things to worry about other than where I was - like who was about to send in the nuclear bombs

I always carry a spare GPS with me and I use a pea stick to tell me when I am about to bump into the bottom

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Why are we encouraged to be so cautious about GPS? In everything you read, in RYA courses, etc etc, the emphasis is always on using GPS to check your position, and having the knowledge to navigate 'the good old fashioned way' as the primary means. As if we are expecting GPS to be suddenly turned off?
One method encouraged under the 'good old fashioned way' is to use your sounder and navigate by contours. But why should I trust one box of elektrikery more than another?

And now we are entering an age where many people seem to advocate using EPIRBS and DSC as the primary means of making a distress call. More little boxes. And these ones are inherently reliant on GPS So it's OK to depend on it for your life, but you can't rely on it to navigate in the first place?
 

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Nah, Rob, it's just too much fag to turn it on & have all those banks of batteries charged. ;)

BTW, are we now safe from the Sunspot storms we were promised that would wipe out all electronics, including t'Interweb, all computers, satellites cars, aeroplanes, phones, TVs & even your iPlayer? :confused:
 

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Well interesting to see replies from those that learnt to sail when gps was in his dads bag.

Unruffled and not obsessed with accuracy to one thousandths of the width of a gnats willy!!

I think we all accept no one is going to turn the acess off, but look to your hardware. It gets broken. People use the aeriel as a handhold when vomming, etc, etc.

Then Captain Perfect whips out his super handheld (complete wth a crate of new batteries), drops it coz its a wobbly boat and it breaks.

I plan for the worst so I am only a bit dissapointed!!!!!
 
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