Thanks All, I will take some time to get accustomed to the new boat
. My wife isn't going with me on the first leg. Hopefully, I will be sailing with an old friend that also has been sailing for years. He has much more experience on the Great Lakes than I but little on Lake Michigan.
James' point about navigation is well taken. I have a GPS
that outputs NEMA to my laptop
. I have a full set of NOAA charts
for the area and I am printing (and laminating) hard copy charts
for the areas where there is even a remote
chance I may venture. This is further backed up with an Ipad
(3G) not sure yet about which applications to load. Advice would be welcome. I am planning on using an Aircard (CDMA 2000) with a laptop
to keep up-to-date on weather
. I have 5 good batteries
for the laptop and will recharge whenever I'm in a transient slip. There are two compasses on the boat
and I am bringing my old hand bearing compass
. The GPS
also serves as an additional back-up. The boat
has a depth sounder
. I don't know what kind of ground tackle is on the boat presently. I have an old 14# - 16#(?) Danforth anchor
and about 20' of 3/8" hot dipped galvanized chain that I didn't sell with my last boat. I'll pick up ~200' 1/2 nylon if something equivalent isn't on the boat. Advice on this would also be appreciated.
Thanks for any advice any of you more experienced fresh water
sailors may offer. Also, thanks for the welcome.