As a recreational sailor and commercial skipper, I know the art of navigation is imperative.

My passion for navigation via paper charts has landed me in hot water with some sailors who believe this method archaic, but it’s always kept me in safe water – while sailing around the world one-and-a-half times, working internationally on various vessels, and performing rescue duties as a marine rescue skipper.

Complete reliance on electronic charts can be dangerous and at times, foolhardy.

If you don’t know how to update and correct your electronic charts, or if you forget to zoom in and out of every screen, or do not locate, read, and make allowance for the Zone of Confidence, you are playing reef-lottery. A paper chart will indicate all isolated reefs and dangers.

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