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post #30 of Old 04-27-2011
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Smack, your first time on salt water and you are already signed on as “navigator”? Most likely you will wind up as a winch monkey with an occasional turn at the helm or spin trim (or are you really signing on as cabin boy and bunk buddy?) Leave all that crap like Binos, extra GPS, compass, etc at home. That's just going to wind up as clutter. Remember, on a race boat there will be a lot of guys and gear and too few bunks. Don’t bring stuff that will wind up as extra clutter. Can the extra crap as you will be too busy racing to find time to play with it. Instead of running a personal GPS, I copy down the positions from the log into my personal journal. If you are worried about falling off the boat, take a small hand held radio in your pocket. It’s more important to communicate to the boat you fell off than to the folks back home.
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