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Before I got my current big plotter on the boat I used a Garmin handheld for chartering. It was too small to really see to plot a course on - I did that on my laptop and transferred the waypoints to the handheld. I am not sure, but you may be able to connect an Oregon to a computer to do this - I had to purchase charts for my csx76 map so I downloaded them to the laptop before putting them on the handheld.
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This is helpful. Thanks! Given that we're buying a (mostly) day sailor that we can do the occasional night aboard, we won't be doing a lot of sails that require plotting, but it would be useful to have in the event that the weather ever takes a surprise turn.

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This is helpful. Thanks! Given that we're buying a (most) day sailor that we can do the occasional night aboard, we won't be doing a lot of sails that require plotting, but it would be useful to have in the event that the weather ever takes a surprise turn.
On my Catalina 36 (I use an old, portable, Garmin GPS/plotter. The screen is very small, but it worked really well throughout the Salish Sea. As you said, it doesn't replace real charts, so I found I would use paper charts for planning, and just the use the GPS to track progress en route. Cheap and effective.

I've now got a large RayMarine plotter on the C400. It is nice, but most of the time no more useful/effective than that old Garmin GPS.
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Thanks. I'll keep an eye out on a Garmin Oregon 400c then. Seems a decent choice, and they seem to sell for under $400.

Now, does anyone have any suggestions for a decent (but reasonably priced) handheld VHF?

In my view, virtually all boats ought to have (i) a fire extinguisher, (ii) charts (and possibly a GPS), and (iii) a VHF, in addition to life jackets, a horn, etc.
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Most cruising sized boats are REQUIRED to have at least two fire extinguishers. You really should check to see what the LEGALLY REQUIRED safety gear is for a boat. It is dependent on size and differs slightly by state. For instance, the state of Massachusetts requires a bell on all boats over 26' LOA. It doesn't require that they be mounted oddly enough...just that the boat have one IIRC.

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Thanks. I'll keep an eye out on a Garmin Oregon 400c then. Seems a decent choice, and they seem to sell for under $400.

Now, does anyone have any suggestions for a decent (but reasonably priced) handheld VHF?

In my view, virtually all boats ought to have (i) a fire extinguisher, (ii) charts (and possibly a GPS), and (iii) a VHF, in addition to life jackets, a horn, etc.
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Most cruising sized boats are REQUIRED to have at least two fire extinguishers. You really should check to see what the LEGALLY REQUIRED safety gear is for a boat. It is dependent on size and differs slightly by state. For instance, the state of Massachusetts requires a bell on all boats over 26' LOA. It doesn't require that they be mounted oddly enough...just that the boat have one IIRC.
No worries. I've checked the legal requirements. I was simply making the general point that regardless of the boat, safety gear's important. For the little Cape Dory we just bought, I've got far more than what is stricly required by law. In my experience, it's a worthwhile investment...

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