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Old 04-11-2010, 12:00   #16
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kindle?? i would rather have the range finder meself..LOL....
this place is funny
and yes, markj has the ultimate answer-- i really like that one--
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as far as kindle is concerned--i have had no problem with good will and sally ann's as far as books go-- and i have the space and weight flexbility for books. i wont turn on my lappy in mid-ocean just to read a book-- i need the electrisities in case of......
besides, if one is reading on the puter and one takes a nice big sea over the quarter or side or stern, what happens to the lappy!!!!! lol i would rather waste a real book-- lappies dont dry out to be read again.
get the laser depth perceiver..LOL...more useful!!!!!
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The distance may not come back very accurately off a shoreline. It does say accuracy is dependant on the targets surface. Smooth perpendicular sufaces read well where as shore lines may not. It would be interesting to hear some real world experiences.
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The distance may not come back very accurately off a shoreline. It does say accuracy is dependant on the targets surface. Smooth perpendicular sufaces read well where as shore lines may not. It would be interesting to hear some real world experiences.
i would have loved having something like that finder thingie in dry t ortugas when we had picked up some drift netting in anchor and could not quit dragging anchor-- would have helped as we were about to scream into fort jefferson at speed in the darkness.....there is usually something that can be used as a reference or the finder-- a tree, a fort, something solid besides a shoreline to use as a reference point
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Allin1.

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I have a laser rangefinder, and use it some, and have used them for years in the Navy..pretty bloody accurate..certainly close enough for drag circle use...have even used them to tweak range resolution on simple nav radars...
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In 17 years of buying each other boat thingies, the only time I elicited a "wow" reaction was with Filter Boss' Racor filters and pump set up. No more bleeding the injectors and other nasty stuff. But it's alittle beyond the OP price range.
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i would have loved having something like that finder thingie in dry t ortugas when we had picked up some drift netting in anchor and could not quit dragging anchor-- would have helped as we were about to scream into fort jefferson at speed in the darkness.....there is usually something that can be used as a reference or the finder-- a tree, a fort, something solid besides a shoreline to use as a reference point
I know what you mean. I can use my chart plotter to get distances from charted objects but it's not running once I'm anchored and I have a hard time gauging sometimes. It would be useful to get distances to anchored neighbors or that shoreline that seems to be swinging a little close.
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The distance may not come back very accurately off a shoreline.. It would be interesting to hear some real world experiences.
Used them in the army and they are so accurate they are lethal.

You see if theres an error anyway by the fluctuatiing reading in the screen. then you just steady yourself and turn brain on. They are pretty spot on
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Even the cheapest model shows accuracy to a km and possibly 2km under good conditions which could make it pretty handy.
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iPAD. He can store his favourite music on it. Attach it to the boats stereo, add marine software, store his fav tv shows and browse the web while sitting in the cockpit.

Or if you go with a Pad that runs Googles Android, many have those have video out capabilities and you can rip all your DVDs to a HD then watch them on the boats TV.

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This is from Ann, not Jim.

I'd suggest getting him a set of image-stabilized binoculars, light in weight so he can use them one-handed while steering. Preferably, they should have a compass, too, so you can tell the bearing to the object you're observing. [We have two sets of binoculars on I-2, 7 x 25 Fujinons, light gathering, and heavy --two handed binocs, if you will; and we have the Canon 10 x 30 image stabilised ones, w/o compass, which I'd like to have.] The Canon's optics are not as good for light gathering as our Fujinons, but for Jim, the light weight plus the image stabilization makes them his preferred ones. We got them from Amazon, and the Fujinons came from West Marine in the States. I'm sure you could bargain shop.

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Here are a few ideas of differing value,
Serrated safety knife and marlin spike, (Men love knives?)
A508 Safety System - MK-Rigging
Leatherman tool, (Ladies also love knives?)

Can’t go wrong – when one ex left me she even took the one she had given me as a gift; it was that useful. Luckily it had my name engraved in it so she got all guilty and gave it back.
http://www.leatherman.com.au/product/Super_Tool_300
A good waterproof torch that doubles as a signal lamp,
http://www.uwkinetics.com/products/c4-eled
Calder’s mechanical and electrical guide,
http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.au/html/9780071432382.html
Or the ultimate gift at a bit over $500? A sextant.
http://www.paracay.com/nautical/index.php?target=products&product_id=5597

Hey, if you like what I see send me a reference so I can get a job in retail over Christmas to fund my next cruise! . (Gotta go row out the boat and turn the anchor light on).
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