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    Cruising Lite
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Dec 18, 23:28 -0600

    I had it in mind to take a boat across the Atlantic, or at least make a
    start on the dream this Summer. Perhaps fortunately, the news of old
    family friends visiting from England, kept me from initiating the plan.
    I asked on rec.boats.cruising ng about viable sizes and types,
    and gathered what you have already read on this list: long voyages
      have been  completed in a variety of hull sizes, and from 23 ft up,
    with some frequency.   What I found even more encouraging, was
      that there were persuasive suggestions that a suitable boat
    could sometimes be purchased (with a good dollop of luck) for
    the price you would like to pay: a sailboat is an expensive toy which
    can sometimes be discarded for another, at a reasonable price
    to the needy.
    Brian Whatcott
    At 09:46 AM 12/16/02, you wrote:
    >I have the registered version of Navigator (for windows) (see:
    >http://www.tecepe.com.br/nav/) and think it is fantastic.  It has all the
    >nav. stars, planets, moon, sun (of course) and can generate printed pages
    >that look just like the nautical almanac as well as be used for interactive
    >celestial reduction sight work.  There is a module for loading charts (
    >there is a growing library of charts or you can make your own [and add it to
    >the library]) and saving sights, and even hooking up a GPS to your computer
    >and superimposing your boat's position on the chart.  For $25(US), it's a
    >great tool.  It has a star chart that can be animated for any increment + or
    >-.  I've used it to interactively determine the time of sunrise/sunset for
    >my lat/long.  Hovering over any object gives you it's az/ht for taht
    >particular time.  I still force myself to practice reducing my sights using
    >HO 211 (using Bayless' book) but it's nice to quickly check my work using
    >By the way, I'm moving from a Flying Scot (19' centerboard) to a South Coast
    >23' (an Alberg design) so (hopefully) am getting closer to my bluewater
    >-- Joe Shields
    >SC23 #56 /Astra IIIb
    >PS: anybody ever do any bluewater cruising in a 22'-23' full keel boat?
    Brian Whatcott
       Altus OK                      Eureka!

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