With GPS so reliable, it’s easy to become complacent in fog. Looking for Chichester Bar beacon, for example? Just bung in a waypoint and hit ‘GoTo’, we think. The trouble is, the beacon was moved last year and the chart found on a recent charter boat didn’t show it in the new position. Not to be too polite, it was dangerously out of date. Updating a modest folio of charts is easy these days.
No more waiting for the Notices to Mariners to arrive, then ploughing through pages of stuff about Singapore. Just go to http://www.admiraltyleisure.co.uk/NMshome.asp, click on the sort of charts you’re using, and choose the ones you want. No more blundering in the dark!