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Re: A Discussion of the Philosophies of Cruising and Circumnavigating

Radar, no radar, AIS etc. and some questions here.
OK so you are doing a trans an crossing from W to E from anywhere USA to Anywhere EU.
Smallish boat like 30-35 feet whatever.
If your path of sail is not along a major shipping lane then why once you are a few days out would anyone lose sleep over not having a radar or AIS?
I mean c'mon, if your that lucky to be run over in the dead of night 140 miles out and on a heading not for a major shipping lane your lottery payoffs by now should have at least allowed you to do it in grande style,,,,,like a 110' Perini with a crew to stand watch.
Barometers still work in this digital age and so too do RF rigs. A fully opened up Icon 706MKII or one sold outside the US with a decent antenna tuner can provide boatloads of fun and information and double as a primary VHF rig too.
I guess after logging well over that proverbial 10K on the sea I am still missing something here.
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