Distant waypoint - Straight rhumb line or great circle?
Post by iconPost by bmertens | 2019-12-13 | 03:44:29

If you set a very far distant WP in the game, will the boat take a straight rhumb line or follow a great circle route?

There are times it appears the routing is suggesting just heading straight for a target, but to do that requires constant small bearing adjustments. Like right now, I can lay the blue line perfectly over the routing by putting my cursor at a point 1000 miles or so ahead. It would take 10 small bearing adjustments to sail that same course overnight. Would a WP be a set it and forget it solution?

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Post by iconPost by zezo | 2019-12-13 | 09:30:13
Waypoints are Great Circle, so quite useful in that scenario. Only problem is they are limited in maximum distance and you have to move them every day ;-)

So just take the direction from the blue line and place a waypoint in that direction. Distance does not really matter.
Post by iconPost by bmertens | 2019-12-13 | 12:17:39
Thanks. That will be useful in some situations.
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