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    What to buy what to take along
    From: Millard Kirk
    Date: 1999 Aug 03, 6:33 PM

    Nav list,
            I have been reading the different views on what to buy and what to take and
    a voyage.
            Jim Manzari had a pretty complete list, but I disagree on the ( Cheap,
    throw-away 7x50 binoculars)  I take my  7x50 Commander Steiner's with the
    built in compass.  The compass is dampened very well.  They have gotten me
    and the boats out of a lot of trouble.   I still plan on getting a hockey
    puck compass.
            (1)  On equipment I tend to buy the best I can afford.
            (2)  On GPS's ... My last voyage we had two GPS's go on the blink.  DR's
    are still great.  A marine GPS such as  Garmin 48 can also double as a
    navigational calculator to a certain  degree.
            (3)  Have knowledge of how to use what you have.
            (4)  Don't depend wholly on electronic devices.  Water has proven to be the
    down fall of any thing electrical or electronic with salt water that goes
            (5)  I still take my slide rule. It is the same one I used in college
    chemistry many years ago.  It is a circular one.
            (6)  Most important don't go offshore without knowledge.  My most scary
    moment was when I realized on my first voyage offshore, I knew more
    seamanship than all others on the boat, and my  only  training at the time
    was through three sailing classes and studying on my own.  Theirs was either
    coastal or small lake sailing in small boats  They could trim the sails.
    For some reason that qualifies many to get crew position for offshore
    deliveries.    As little knowledge as I have, I know that many are going
    offshore with far less than I.
            (7)  As a crew member my list is not a large as Jim's, but growing.   I
    take a lot of  the same stuff he does.
    Learning the Hard Way!!
    Millard Kirk KB8YQO       | mailto:mkirk{at}marshall.edu
    116 Lewis Ave                    | http://webpages.marshall.edu/~mkirk/
    Barboursville, WV               | A West Virginia Blue Water Sailor
    25504                                 | Phone: (304) 736-6544
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