Yeah, and then there is the inner head
salesman in me, which runs something like this.
"Hi there...I see you are a solo sailor....thinking of a radar
unit? Well, thats a great great deal I gotta say, because I think you realize that that ol CARD system you are using is a bit unsafe for those quick sleeps. Suuure, ships have radar but did you ever think of other boats which may not be carrying them? Hmmm now did you?
Now take a look at this cheap
baby to get you in the game
...well, you're going to need a chartplotter
to read that information. You didn't think just buying
a dome is enough did you? thats laughable
...and how about an AIS
Tranmitter/Receiver juuuust as insurance
in case those big mama container ships can't see your wee little dot on their screen
...and for sure you can see them....why not right?
....I see you are getting a Monitor wind vane
....well...what are you gonna do when teh wind
is low, or you are motoring? Gotta have an electric
these days that can tie into all your other system information....
...well, since you have a monitor wind vane
may I suggest also getting an extra electric
one just in case your wheel
electric goes out you have a fall back electric that can be used with your monitor?
...and to reeealy reeealy track carefully I might suggest you get yourself a rudder
...how about a handheld remote
so you can steer the autopilot
from the bow? Well, I know a couple who found it useful navigating coral
...lets not forget the GPS
unit. I suggest two so they can be used independently, such as for your radio
unit, and in case one fails.
...and then of course instrumentation...you need some that can be interfaces into all your network devices - depth
, speed, and especially wind
...speaking of depth
...did you ever consider some forward scanning sonar fishfinder
like unit...afterall you never know what's in front of you these days with the trash in the ocean and orcas all around you waiting to bite you. Bummer right?
...now lets talk radios...you need an SSB
so you don't get lonely, and probably a modem
to pick up GRIBS and send emails and positions to your blog. Also a VHF
for thats pretty well established as common, and can be used as a hailer and foghorn.
...being a sensible person you probably need some handheld VHF's - one for your pocket and one for the ditch bag in case you go overboard
...hey, how about some EPIRBS too? May I suggest 3? One for your ship, one for you, and one for you ditch bag?
...Now were talkin. How about a Iridium phone
, so you can call your girlfriends from time to time to make sure they aren't cheating on you?
...Oh wait...some charts perhaps?
...You have some real power there man. Im impressed, but how you gonna charge it? How about 4 new spankin gell batteries, and 2 solar panels
. Well, you might as well get a wind generator
too because that sun ain't always available for your pretty boat. OOps lets not forget the regulator/controller.
...Hey, i know you will need some extra stuff, so I just grabbed it. Didn't think you mind: antennas, cables
, etc. Here's an interface for your PC into the network and wow, and inverter
for that PC and screen."