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    Re: Thousand dollar question
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 1999 Aug 02, 5:33 PM

    I would buy for my $1,000:
      Astra IIIb Sextant      $460
      Used Tamaya Jupiter     $425     -- Preferred
      HP-48G                  $75      -- To program sight reduction formulas
      TI-36X Solar            $18      -- Backup for when batteries die
      Seiko SLL033 watch      $162     -- Highly accurate 192 KHz quartz watch
      Sony SW radio           $100?    -- For WWV
    Nav Books:
      Bowditch                $25
      Nautical Almanac        $17
      Garmin GPS48            $270     -- good nautical lights
      Garmin GPS III          $300     -- nice gray-scale display
    I'm over by about $100.  I'd cut back by trying to find a cheaper radio, look 
    for a better deal on a used metal sextant, etc.  I would actually spend about 
    double this and get at least two of everything: 2 metal sextants, 2 GPS 
    receivers, 2 calculators, 2 SW radios, etc, which still wouldn't be too bad 
    compared to Radar, depth sounders, etc.  Those are important too for 
    navigation, but you really can't get all of these things for just $1000 and 
    have them all be adequate.
    A fun question to entertain!  Let's think of more such questions!
    Dan Allen
    -----Original Message-----
    From  Lu Abel [mailto:lu.abel{at}ATT.NET]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 1999 10:47 PM
    Subject: Thousand dollar question
    My previous post on sextants (which also included some opinions on money
    well spent and not well spent) made me think of a question which will stir
    some pretty strong thoughts and opinions:
    You are planning a leisurely trans-Pacific cruise (let's say San Francisco
    to New Zealand and back), which will take 2+ years.  Your boat is already
    equipped with a knotmeter.  You are on a tight budget and have figured you
    can spend no more than $1000 on additional navigation gear.  You can equip
    you boat any way you wish -- GPS, Loran, or any variety of celestial gear.
    (you neither own nor can afford a laptop computer)
    How would you spend your $1000??
    (for prices, let's use the current West Marine catalog)
    Cheers, and let's go at it!!
    PS - Opinions on a budget of only $500 would also be interesting!

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