Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Good Bye LORAN-C

On February 8, 2010, the U. S. Coast Guard discontinued its LORAN-C navigation system for most areas of the U.S. , including the Great Lakes. Today I went aboard Inland Seas and removed our trusty Ross Loran Navigator which has been a part of our navigation suite since the boat was launched in 1994. Although we rely on GPS as our primary electonic navigation system (we have 3 aboard), we used the LORAN-C as a back-up, and we checked the LORAN against the GPS each morning. Every navigator likes to have as many assets as possible, so we will miss the LORAN, even though it was not relied upon for our everyday navigation. Inland Seas' Ross LORAN-C (top) and Raytheon GPS.
Tuesday, March 2 view of Manitou from the Centre Point building in Travese City. Note the lack of ice in the harbor and on the West Bay.

-Capt. Tom Kelly

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