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    Re: News Item on Over-reliance on GPS
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2008 Nov 04, 08:23 -0800

    Once again, you're not being specific.  Exactly what sort of "systems that don't rely on fickle ... electronics" are you suggesting that we embrace?   Surely you must be thinking of some specific on-board tasks, whether it's navigation or whatever...

    I'm trying to understand where you would draw the line.  Anything having electronics inside it?   Anything that even relies on electricity?  Or just some subset of electronics, like "radios are okay but not GPS"?

    Peter Fogg wrote:
    Lu; these are all great inventions, and I'm not suggesting discarding any of them.  However, Neptune may have other ideas, leading to the usefulness of systems that don't rely on fickle and often unrepairable (at sea, if not altogether) electronics.
    Not sure that there is anything particularly new or revolutionary in this modest common-sense proposal ..

    On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 5:05 PM, Lu Abel <lunav@abelhome.net> wrote:
    No, please be specific.   Are you suggesting we discard our radios?   How about electronic watches for timekeeping?  Depthsounders?  LED lighting systems (which are becoming more and more prevalent to conserve battery power)? 

    Peter Fogg wrote:
    Umm ... maybe an alternative system?  One not reliant on electronics ..

    On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 4:50 PM, Lu Abel <lunav@abelhome.net> wrote:
    And what do you suggest instead?

    Peter Fogg wrote:

    Frank wrote:

     But the loss of all GPS capability aboard a vessel strikes me as
    bad planning.
    Nah.  Stuff happens.  Particularly on small boats.  Terrible place for electronics.

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