I guess my age shows in this post.. but here goes anyhoo..
I use charts (OS maps ) and a compass. I have a handheld VHF without DSC because the battery lasts much longer than one with DSC..and I don’t really need DSC because in ten seconds.. I can get my coordinates off the paper map. As a last resort..if I couldn’t work out the coordinates (because perhaps I might go blind ..and I do want to cover all bases) I have a PLB which will send them for me.
I do carry a smart arse phone..but only for entertainment purposes. If the battery goes flat..its no great loss. It is handy to crank up some music if Im in that kind of mood ... and headphones don’t disturb other boaters peace and quite. I personally don’t like hearing others blare out their super cool music over ghetto blaster systems .. as normally I go to sea to escape that kind of annoyance. Each to their own though. I also sometimes run the GPS on my smart arse phone as it plots my journey so I can see how far I have gone etc..but again..its only for entertainment value.
I do find the calculator in the phone very useful though. I use it to count how much gravy ballast is left in the bilges of the boat. I tend to forget that important kind of info as the day gets on. On those kind of days .. I keep the phone in an Aquapac bag.. totally waterproof ..and touch screen friendly. I have few mates now as most have died of old age or boredom ..so calls are few and far between...so again.. I wont panic if I can’t make or receive a call or text.
If the sun came out.. looking at the phone would be the last thing on my mind.. a quick yank of the kill cord will stop me nicely .. sun cream out .. shades on.. gravy tin opened to celebrate its arrival .. then just lie back and absorb the warmth..like a big lizard basking on a hot rock. If I was on a dry day.. I may make a coffee instead of gravy.
While perhaps dangling a wee worm in the water too... I catch more fish with nice smelly bait than I do with sterile smell less apps.
Yup..there is more important things than apps or sugary tablet stuff for my kind of boating.. so roll on the blue sky days..they are coming again soon
Now..I ask you youngsters ..am I missing something important by living an app’less life ?