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post #16 of Old 04-05-2002
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Most important electronic equipment

Alan Porter: I am with you, but I only have 25 years experience. I have sailed through fog so thick you can''t see the ..(yea we know) with only a depth sounder and a compass and a chart. These items don''t lie. I can find my way into any harbor if I know my direction and depth. GPS can be off 15 or more feet even today, and that can put you on the rocks. My motto: If in doubt, stay in 30 feet. My depth sounder, or a lead line will give me that info. You don''t need a GPS or a Loran or a radar. To say these are needed in order to sail is doing a great diservice to those of us who cruised in the days when these items did not even exist. You don''t need an electronics store to go cruising.
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