I totally agree with your post.
What is your overall budget?
What instruments do you consider mandatory?
Which instruments do you consider optional?
I want to spend the minimum needed and I want to make it an ongoing project
. I can start with a depth sounder
and a handheld GPS
and expand from there. For now I do not need a chartplotter
as I like my paper charts
. I liked LORAN
but I guess now GPS
is the way to go. I liked having radar
but that can wait for now.
What is your philosophy about integrated systems?...yes or no?[
I do not need it but it is nice to have the possibility for the future.
How good are your computer skills?
Quite good. And I am an electrical engineer
with lots of tinkering experience.
I am quite knowledgeable about astronav but I consider it a hobby and not something really useful. For the price
of a sextant
you can buy a GPS and five backups.
How important is it for you to be able to communicate out on the ocean?
I do not plan any long range sailing yet so this is not really necessary so SSB
is out of the question for now. Heck, even VHF
I hardly use, only to request drawbridge openings and such things (and to monitor
how fools get into trouble).
Where do you plan on taking your boat and for how long?
For now the Chesapeake bay
so my needs are minimal.
I think I will look for a really basic, and hopefully cheap
, depth sounder
and maybe in the future if I get an integrated system I can have it as a backup. I have had more problems with depth
sounders than with anything else.
I am looking at what is available:
Northstar Explorer D210
Any recommendations? Any I should avoid?