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    From: Ron Hiner
    Date: 1998 Mar 16, 3:26 PM

    I forgot I subscribed to this list!  Now I know it is alive and well!
    I buying a new 40' sailboat which will probably see 80% of its use within
    30 miles from home port in long island sound.  Occasional Wednesday nights
    around the buoys.  Then a week or 10 days each year to points beyond (maybe
    buzzards bay, Nantucket), then after a year or two, off to Bermuda, maybe
    points south.
    So, what electronics do I specify?  Current thinking is B&G Hydra pilot and
    instrumentation, Furuno 841 4kw LCD radar at the helm with a repeater at
    the nav station.
    But after that, I don't know what else.  Probably a plotter.  But what
    kind?  Do I just buy the B&G and be done with it, or should I look more
    seriously at the other options?   Should it mounted at the helm, the
    bulkhead, or the nav station.  Should it be software based (on a laptop) or
    a dedicated unit.
    Or should I wait a year and buy when better plotter/radar interfaces are
    And what about SSB?  Do I have $1600 grounding grid bonded into the hull
    now, or install a dynaplate in a few years when I'm ready to buy the radio
    and to venture offshore?
    And how the heck can I get an email connection for my boat? (Cellular/SSB/
    or ???)
    I sure ask a lot of questions!
    Ron Hiner
    Westport Connecticut
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