Well, still haven't figure out to get Active Captain on our laptops (Trust me! I am SO computer illiterate!!! LOL!), I also have a LOT of tasks/projects to do on our boat
before we go... (Building a bow roller for our new #25 Mantus
, installing a manual windlass
, modifying our anchor locker hatch
, new companionway hatch
slides, adding a 200watt solar power
system, new batteries
... and two pages of "other" things to do before we leave! (It never ends! LOL!)
So... I researched and purchased the Salish Sea guides (PDF files with TONS of info!), for only $9.95 CD (About $7.50 USD), and they're updated every year.
Also just downloaded all the NOAA charts for the area in PDF format and purchased a couple of the Canadian paper charts for the areas we'll be visiting there... Added one more guidebook (Wagoneers), so I think we're way more than set!
My first cruise
of the area (15yrs ago), was in a little San Juan
21 with only a few of the charts for the area and a compass
(not even a depth
(Amazing when we "learn more", how much more we think we need! LOL!)
We now have our Garmin640 with two Bluechart Vision chips for the PNW
and homeport on our laptops for viewing just in case our GPS
stops working.. Also added a second depthfinder (Actually a fish
finder with visual screen
to get a sense of what the bottom is like for anchoring
That and our blender, and I think we're fully equipped! LOL!
Thanks for the help guys!