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    Re: Thousand dollar question
    From: Dan Hogan
    Date: 1999 Jul 28, 10:51 AM

    Lu:
    
    My version:
    
    Assuming no nav equipment on hand. A lot could be gathered used at a
    considerable savings. Sufficient charts would probably run at least
    another $1000.00.
    
    $1000
    
            Binoculars TASCO 7x50           $78.99
            Navigator's Tool Kit            $36.99
            Davis Mark 25 Sextant          $189.99
            Nautical Almanac(Commercial)    $17.88
            Set of H.O. 249(3 Vols.)        $36.36 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Celestial Navigation by HO-249   $8.50 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Bowditch (PUB N0. 9)            $23.70 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Watch (Casio,etc.)              $25.00
            Garmin GPS12                               $149.88
            Gen. Coverage Radio for WWV    $250.00 (not listed in West Catalog)
                                                                       -------
                                                                       $817.29
            The remainder I would spend on charts and Light Lists. The South
    Pacific areas and islands you are going to transit require charts.
    
    For $500.00
            In my opinion you can't "navigation wise" adequately prepare for a
            two+ year trip across the Pacific ocean for $500.00. If I had to I
            forgo a SSB radio and use the money on charts, light lists, etc.
            Not using a general coverage reciever for WWV I would use three
            quartz watches. I would rate them before departure and keep them
            below deck as dedicated navigation watches. You use the average
            time after tour departure. NEVER resetting them.
    
            But here you are up-the-creek for charts.
    
            Binoculars TASCO 7x50           $78.99
            Navigator's Tool Kit            $36.99
            Davis Mark 25 Sextant          $189.99
            Nautical Almanac(Commercial)    $17.88
            Set of H.O. 249(3 Vols.)        $36.36 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Celestial Navigation by HO-249   $8.50 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Bowditch (PUB N0. 9)            $23.70 (not listed in West Catalog)
            Watch (Casio,etc.)              $75.00
                                                                            ------
                                                                        $417.41
    [Snip]
    >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)
    [Snip]
    >PS - Opinions on a budget of only $500 would also be interesting!
    
    
    
    Dan Hogan WA6PBY
    dhhogan{at}nav.cnchost.com
    Navigation-L: http://nav.cnchost.com
    

       
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