[Public-List] technophobic curmudgeon
weatherhelm at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 24 15:58:48 PDT 2012
John - no apology is needed as far as I see it. Your comment about "pulling your focus" is spot on. Most people put WAY too much faith in the gadgets. Don't get me wrong - I love my chart plotter and it lets me be a safer boater and increases my enjoyment of sailing when in dangerous waters. But I try to maintain a "healthy disrespect" for the electronics. I always operate with the "accuracy" ring showing around my position and never let any hazard come inside that ring. I also try to force myself to use my eyes and ask myself , " does what the GPS is telling me seem reasonable ?" But I do love the chart plotter - it lets me sail in areas of Georgian Bay that have hazards far from any landmark and previously [when sailing with paper charts & eye balls] I would just have to avoid that area all together because I could not accurately position myself.The other aspect of "pulling your focus" that is really important to me is: the fascination of the gadgets draws my attention away from sailing. So some days, I restrict myself to sailing in well known and safe waters only and leave the electronics OFF ! Then I can enjoy the purity of just paying attention to the boat, the water, the wind, the telltails and the beauty around me.
THUS ENDS MY SERMON FOR TODAY (-: [with apologies]
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