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    Re: Thousand dollar question
    From: William Trayfors
    Date: 1999 Jul 28, 6:55 AM

    Easy one:   I'd buy:
    1. a Uniden QT-306 Depth Sounder .............................. $119
    2. two inexpensive GPS units (e.g., Magellan GPS 2000XL).......  300
    3. an Astra IIIb sextant.......................................  450
    4. either a good nav calculator or a used 486 laptop w/PC Nav..  200
    Taxes and accessories (e.g., external GPS antenna and mount, power cords,
    adapters, nautical almanac, spare batteries, etc.) would add another
    I would not hesitate to buy USED equipment in good condition to further
    reduce costs.
    Two GPS units are essential for redundancy.  So is the sextant (preferably
    with a backup).  The nav calculator (e.g., Celesticomp) or laptop with PC
    Nav make the navigation chores MUCH easier and much faster...a safety
    factor.  The inexpensive Uniden digital depth sounder works like a
    charm...I have one on my Catalina 22 (its performance seems to rival the
    Datamarine sounder on my 42' sloop).
    The $1,000 in my humble opinion is too constraining for a voyage of the
    type you posed.  I'd scrape, beg, borrow or steal another $1,000 or so and
    add -- at a minimum -- a wind speed and direction indicator, maybe a better
    GPS unit, a backup (Davis plastic) sextant, etc.
    Another $1,000 or so would allow you to add a good (used) HF/SSB ham radio
    and both mobile whip and wire (dipoles, backstay) antenna system.  I assume
    you already have VHF; if not, that's critical, including a VHF handheld.
    At sea, the VHF handheld and the 2nd GPS should be in the emergency grab bag.
    At 10:46 PM 7/27/99 -0700, you wrote:
    >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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