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    Re: Dependence on GPS
    From: Paul Jackson
    Date: 2009 Oct 29, 01:20 -0700
    I would much rather be on board a vessel with someone like Apache Runner,who uses his common sense to deduce the position of his vessel,rather than someone who places all their trust on a GPS.
    Paul W Jackson.

    --- On Thu, 29/10/09, Apache Runner <apacherunner@gmail.com> wrote:

    From: Apache Runner <apacherunner@gmail.com>
    Subject: [NavList 10296] Re: Dependence on GPS
    To: navlist@fer3.com
    Received: Thursday, 29 October, 2009, 6:57 AM

    I've stopped using a GPS altogether.    I do a lot of sea kayaking and found that it fosters a false sense of security.    The marine environment seems to wreak havoc on the receiver.    After two years of paddling with one, the receiver failed.  I purchased another one, and again, after about two years, the second receiver failed.

    Now, I rely on old-fashioned map+compass+dead reckoning work.   Recently, when I was doing a 2 mile crossing between islands off the coast of Maine, I was fog-bound.   In setting a course, I factored in the likely drainage of a large bay to my north, and was able to hit a navigation buoy one mile through the passage dead-on.   I think if I had a GPS, I would have become only confused.

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