Re: Near the coast
"pull into shore and just ask a native where the f@ck you are."
People like William Dampier tried that but.....
1) the shore was too rocky to land
2) the natives ran away
3) the locals didn't speak English. Or French. Or Dutch...or Spanish or......
Pretty amazing he managed to circumnavigate three times (100 years before Cook) but then he was an expert navigator and cartographer so had real skills to fall back on