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Old 13-10-2015, 15:58   #1
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Marine Wi-Fi, Charts, Guide, Heater, Transmission, etc

Ahoy!

We just bought a 34' vintage Marine Trader Trawler and are outfitting her to cruise her south ASAP (Maine to Florida to begin with).

Need Internet (with off-shore capability), paper charts, chart plotter software we can run on lap top, crushing guide and do-hickey to convert ray marine to wi-if and share data with navionics on iPhone app, etc.

Also looking for a Diesel heater, gen set, converter and possibly a rebuilt transmission.

Thanks in advance for any helpful advice or contact info you can send our way!

Daiyen n Captain Dan
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Old 16-10-2015, 11:56   #2
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Re: Marine Wi-Fi, Charts, Guide, Heater, Transmission, etc

I use Verizon data for internet between the Columbia River and Alaska. Canada coverage for more $. It connects up to 25 miles out depending on cell tower placement without a special antenna. I would guess the East Coast would have fewer blank areas. Most marinas have wifi.
OpenCPN seems ok for a free nav program. I use it as a backup. It runs on Mac, PC, etc. Charts are free to download here: Nautical Charts & Pubs Also Coast Pilots - pubs that describe coast, harbors and nav issues for US. Sailing Directions - pubs for non-US waters are available here: Maritime Safety Information. US no longer prints charts, but chart dealers will print them out for money. Digital charts are continually updated, so any new download is current info. I don't know about Carib charts. On ocean transits I use laptop and desktop, each with their own nav program and sensors to avoid nav failure. I know nothing about Ray Marine, but wouldn't trust nav to a phone, but others do. If you're looking for used equipment, trans, engine parts, try ebay.
My favorite is a diesel stove that can supply heat, hot water and cooking w/o running a generator, but better in cold climates. Hotter than hell in the tropics. Propane is dangerous inside a hull. It's heaver than air and settles in the bilge, just waiting for a spark. I only will use it outside in a barbecue. I have a nice picture collection of boats that shouldn't have used propane if you like.
While I have 2 generators, I wired my boat to always run on a 120/240 inverter with the battery banks kept up by an alternator on one of the main engines or occasional generator run while anchored. Generator or shore power allows inverter to keep the batteries charged.
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