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    Re: Electronic vs non-electronic
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 1999 Oct 04, 08:30 EDT

    Craig writes:
     > Then I gather the problem is TOO much reliance on GPS because of it's
     > perceived "high tech" status.  Celestial would presumably not help an
     > incorrect chart and therefore GPS is being slammed in favor of celestial
     > because GPS is "new-fangled".  Am I correct in this assumption?  I realize
     > GPS can fail, as can celestial (clouds, delirium, alcohol...).  Perhaps GPS
     > is more reliable for most navigators.
    It's certainly easier to get a fix with GPS and the practical accuracy
    is much higher than celestial means.  As the case of the liner
    grounding off Cape Cod shows, however, mistakenly assuming "a computer
    says it so it must be so" can have serious consequences.  While GPS
    generally is very reliable, several factors can cause an otherwise
    functional GPS receiver give questionable results.  As I said earlier,
    the prudent mariner doesn't rely on one source of positional
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35

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