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  1. Teknishn
    If only casual, fair weather sailing, few night passages, forget AIS. It is only as good as the vessels that have it AND have it turned on.

    Radar? A set of eyes on deck day and night will do.

    Auto Pilot? Good investment. If you single-sail, gives you a break for a head call, cup of coffee, grab a beer, etc.

    GPS beats working with charts trying to figure out position.

    VHF radios which I'm outfitting, Standard Horizon MX2200, with DSC, GPS, and AIS functions. Handheld VHF has DSC, GPS, and locator function.

    Chartplotters are great for planning. GPS input gives you position at a glance. Using a laptop as a chartplotter here. Advantage is, already have the laptop, software, antenna. BUT not weatherproof, no dimmer controls, and I do other things on my laptop.

    So my list for intended type of sailing:
    VHF/DSC Radio (with GPS)
    VHF Radio (Handheld)
    GPS unit with anchor alarm function
    Backup GPS
    Auto Pilot
    Depth Sounder

    Good Luck!

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    Vessel Make/ model
    Dean Oceancomber 10M
    Vessel Name
    Siamese Senorita
    Rio Dulce
    Everything electrical
    Too much delivery in the cr**py weather. Time soon, I hope, to enjoy fair seas and good people.
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