You just completed the examination for a USCG License. A long period of study, countless hours of instruction, complicated subject matter, some totally foreign to the norm. Who does paper chart plotting anymore? You would be surprised how many professional navigators do in fact remain proficient in the art of Mercator Projection, as it is still a back-up requirement, even mandatory for some classes of vessels like oil tankers for example. Rules of the Road still doesn't make overall sense, but wait for that fateful moment when you are faced with a piloting decision to avoid a collision or grounding. Now with the huge advances of information technology control with Electronic Charting, GPS, Broadband Radar, Forward Looking Sonar and other sensors, the ways of old have almost passed on it would appear.
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