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Old 16-06-2013, 13:02   #46
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Who did I criticize? But it best if you get your facts right before you do.
I read the original post and saw nothing wrong with it. I don't have all the items bazzer has but I understand the value of being as prepared as possible and don't find fault with his choice of inventory or vessel.

I was also unclear about the knock of having a beer on shore. Most of us do and toddle off without causing harm to ourselves or others.

I think if you want to get in a boat and head out, prepared or not, that is your prerogative.

I think if NOMN leaves in a rush unprepared, that's fine.

The majority seem to feel licensing is a burden and we all should have the option of determining our own fate without the interference of inspections, education or experience.

However, if you do get in trouble you might want to have a plan "b" or accept your fate.
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Old 16-06-2013, 13:07   #47
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To the thread starter, I'm with you. Those of us on Hans Christians are simply smarter, more able, and definitely loaded with more humility than your typical sailor.
Good one!
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The days of crossing the pond without an EPirb VHF and a life-raft are over. ( or should be ). These items are cheap compared to the boat and cheaper then in the past.

It doesn't guarantee anything but its helps

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Were you really a member of "the regiment" bazzer? Which squadron?
Bazza, if so you would know a bloke by the name of Rufus? he would be of your vintage.
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Bazza, if so you would know a bloke by the name of Rufus? he would be of your vintage.
Nope!
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The Spot by globalstar is a very inexpensive and waterproof and I believe has saved many. Yeah, I know it doesn't work everywhere but neither do sat phones and even Epirb's don't always get much in the way of help. Common sense and sailing to within your ability is what I endeavor to do
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So, Why don't we all just get together and donate a few grand of electronics to those in need?
Kinda like donating life jackets and flare kits to Coast guard auxiliary?
sounds like you got enough to spare, start with me heck put business stickers on epribs and give 'em away! I'll take one!
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So, Why don't we all just get together and donate a few grand of electronics to those in need?
Kinda like donating life jackets and flare kits to Coast guard auxiliary?
sounds like you got enough to spare, start with me heck put business stickers on epribs and give 'em away! I'll take one!
Key, if you read all the posts you will see that I exist on a paltry UK pension of $800 per month and you want me to give my stuff away?
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They are just jealous. But how does one afford a Hans Christian on $800 a month? That is the lesson I need to figure out!
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You buy it when you were working.
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I think missing boat threads are an important part of our community. They are usually started by a cruiser friend who is concerned, or a family member who is desperate to hear something...
As fellow cruisers we help if we can.

Basic safety equipment is important, but use your brains and don't be 'guilted' into thinking you're an idiot if you don't have one of everything in the West Marine catalogue.

Navigation... sextants? You're kidding. This is the 21st century. Learn celestial navigation by all means as a hobby or interest.
Like most cruisers these days we have a chartplotter.
We also have Open CPN with the worlds maps as a back up, all free and we run it on an old laptop worth maybe 50 bucks.
Sandy has an ipad with an ap of some kind and she adds navionics charts to it occasionally, so that's backup no.2
We do always carry paper charts and have a hand held gps and a bucket of batteries.
That's 4 totally independent systems as cheap as chips.
Eyes... nearly forgot... we use our eyes a lot.

I did decide to install an AIS and it cost around $500.
Sandy and I do passages and it's just one more safety item in case someone on watch should nod off. We've often seen ships altering course a few points while still way out.
It wasn't essential but its a 'nice to have' and beats hell out of a radar reflector.

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I must be a lousy boater... I have all the toys too and turn them on under power. That's what they're for to make a boater's life easier and safer. I don't see the reason for the hostile responses?
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They are just jealous. But how does one afford a Hans Christian on $800 a month? That is the lesson I need to figure out!

Do the math! That's why he has $800 a month to live on now.
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