The argument goes like this… ‘Charts are old fashioned, unnecessary and difficult to use’ … ‘No charts are essential and it’s unseaman like to set sail without them, period!’

Well I started sailing a good decade before GPS. All my sailing was done with a sextant, RDF and dead reckoning on a paper chart. When I started I was a teenager studying pure and applied maths and preparing for a astro physics degree so celestial navigation was right up my street. I liked nothing better than taking sun and star shots & working out my set & drift to carry plots forward and get that cocked hat as small as possible to nail my position. It was great fun and I could get a calculation done using the air tables or Reeds in minutes.

So what’s my take on navigation at sea now? You may be surprised!

If you’re interested in trying Savvy Navvy then Ben at the Pro Marine Store has some deals at the moment, the basic is 20% off but there’s more if you buy other things from him, which is what I did….

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