Originally Posted by BayWindRider
Did you use radar or AIS on your offshore to RI?
RI is my next trip. I have done the Delmarva coast 4 times, 3 time solo and I do not have radar or AIS or a liferaft or lines led aft or a $300 harness, or any of the totally unnecessary and expensive convenience items recommended by some of the members here (some of whom have never left the Bay). Nor will I likely buy any of them.
I did buy an ACR PLB for my next trip. I do use a nice Garmin 76cx GPS and papercharts and a VHF, speedo, depth sounder and a compass, which is more than sufficient. I also use a autopilot and a solar panel to charge my batteries. I do not hesitate to motor if I can't consistently make 4 knots sailing.
The first time I did the Delmarva coast trip on a P26 I used a paper chart, a compass and a depth finder and I did fine. My autopilot was a bungee cord on the tiller.