There have been lots of new members coming aboard over the past couple of weeks. Remember that you can advertise on the site for free, so tell us about yourself or your boat.
Boating, whether sailing or motoring is great fun. Don’t be put off by thinking it’s complicated, or a lot to learn. There’s a world of difference between a sunny calm day in the Solent and a rough, cold night at sea, I know which I prefer. The same applies to all of the gadgets, AIS, radar, chart plotters. They all have their place and it’s good to be cautious, but there is no substitute for planning ahead and keeping a good lookout.
I was with a skipper once who ran aground whilst studying a possible entrance on his chart plotter. On deck we crew tried again and again to get him to look up through the hatch, and see what was obvious to us. He was having none of it and was getting very angry, and as the skipper he made the decisions. As there was no danger to life, just inconvenience, we gave up and gently ground to a halt. We were towed off in due course and the incident never mentioned again.