John - I couldn't be more please with the Little Cod or Andrew (they owner of Navigator Stove
Works) customer service
. The unit has been more than enough to heat our 26,000lb displacement
CaptainK - We are running out of wood
now. It's getting pretty warm here now so it should be ok, but when is full summer going to be here?? We burned the stove a few nights ago while up on stands and out of the water
. Was kind of weird looking.
Rick - I have a redundant system of no less than 3 GPSes running at a time (think space shuttle - ha ha ha). I do my chartplotting the evening before, programming in waypoints to all 3 GPSes, including multiple routes and possilbe "bail out routes" in case of quickly deteriorating weather
. As much as I would prefer to have all paper and no computers
, the world is not really going that way. I also like the fresh data the ENC charts
provide. If I have to navigate a harbor entrance or go up a river, I print out that chart the night before and have it handy in the cockpit
. Ideally, I want to get a 2nd waterproof touchscreen in the cockpit
, but that's not in the cards this year. Maybe next year.
Lightfin - We are way up the Connecticut River. We stayed in Essex one night (fantastic town!) and went even further up to Deep River. I would tend to bet that atmosphere you are talking about around here hasn't changed at all. Wonderful place with friendly, helpful people. Great cruising destination
. For me, Essex also holds a special place in that it was one of my first memorable experiences aboard a sailboat. I came down to visit a friend and his dad and went over to Three Mile Harbor from here many many years ago. You should come back for a visit!