Brewman--we know you were joking of course about the beer money, but why cut corners financially when it comes to proper navigation
? And speaking of cutting corners, that will almost assuredly put you aground which might be insignificant or might be costly and dangerous. The MOI 33 is a shoal draft
boat for sure. I sailed one from Annapolis
to Puerto Rico
with a plastic sextand and an rdf and due to my own stupidity, cut a buoy at Beaufort ten minutes after departing on a 1200 mile trip and went aground..due to my own carelessness--but we weathered a gale in the Gulf Stream and go to Puerto Rico
unscathed. You might (jokingly) say it's a blast to run aground, but we all have done it-sometimes it's our fault, sometimes not; sometimes dangerous and costly, sometimes not but saving a few bucks here and there to play around with navigation
is not a good idea. You concede that you are a "bit of a rookie" so if you are looking for some advice here--please, don't take this so casually. Basic navigation with good tools is fairly easy if you pay attention and constantly observe. One day you may find yourself hard aground with an ebb tide and cause serious damage to the boat or injury to the crew. Have fun and be safe!