Craig Cushman, Raytheon's global marketing communications director, agrees.
"The new electronics and PC-based systems are as reliable as you can get, and they're easy to use," he
says."But even so, I think people should know dead reckoning and the other basics.That's common sense.But maybe it's being overlooked by some people.You always want a backup."
Back to school
And soon a majority of boaters could be sitting at home (or work) with a laptop planning out next weekend's cruise, says Cushman
They'll have records of past trips, trends in weather, local tides and currents, even favorite destinations to review.Proposed courses can be plotted and saved."Then you can take it down to your boat, plug in to our SeaTalk software, and it becomes an onboard instrument," he
says."It's the ultimate planning tool."