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    Re: Dependence on GPS
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Oct 29, 13:53 -0400


     Lu -

    I'm not auditioning to become someone's navigator, mind you.   The main issue is that the deck of a kayak is exposed to a very nasty environment - I've taken breaking waves that have washed just about everything off it - even stuff carefully wrapped in "waterproof" packaging. 

    A lot of my fellow sea kayakers share the same opinion of GPS.  I'm sure it's great to have as a back-up for other vessels, but for a sea kayak, it seems like it's more trouble than any benefit.        If I were in a larger motorboat or sailboat, I might carry it as a backup. 
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    This is not to disparage the idea of having every reasonable means at your disposal, nor do I think that others were disparaging GPS as a concept - I think it was more the idea of unreasonable reliance on this as the only device for navigation.   In the case of a sea kayaker, they have this tendency to fail, despite many precautions, getting ones advertised as waterproof etc.

    In terms of current, etc - it's actually an interesting exercise to guesstimate the effect of current based on the phase of the moon etc.   In this particular case, Blue Hill Bay was draining on a new moon, so we had to factor that in.  

    John H.

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