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post #61 of 66 Old 04-15-2007
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Thanks for the tips SV.....I can only imagine how great of an experience you are having. I am going to start by getting my kids sooo hooked on sailing that they will be bugging my wife to go. Then there will be 3 against one in my favor My frigin property taxes alone are now 600$ a month. I figure we could cut our living expenses in half by cruising. And if i don't have the laptop with us, i can keep my wife away from e-bay! That will save us another 600 a month.
I have always wanted to raise my kids on a boat....even before i had them . I only wish now that i had made sure my wife was more into it before! I just don't understand why anyone would want to live a boring hum drum life on land.....taking the kids to school, going to work, working on the house...it is all so damn monotonous (MS) i want to tear my hair out. I want my kids to see the world and learn and grow through experiences with other cultures. As my uncle put it (a cruiser of years who has been through 3 wifes before he found one that stuck around on the boat)....your trapped!
The difference is that he leaves his kid with his ex...i can't be away from my kids for more than 1 night without getting bummed out, so it's all or nothing for me.
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Sorry for the double post, but there is a question i have for those of you with more knowledge than me.......it's off topic too...but I can't post new threads for some reason so.......has anyone used the Standard Horizon chartplotters? If so how do they compare to the others? They take c-map cards and i'm just wondering how good they are. I really appreciate any help.
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While I've got zip experience with the SH chartplotters, they do make pretty good gear, at least their VHF gear is very solid.

If you're having trouble with the missus.... you might want to get and read Debra Kantrell's Changing Course, and then give it to her... it is written specifically for women whose husbands want them to go cruising and give up life ashore... It is imperative that you read it first... so you know the issues that are raised and what Kantrell's response to them are... as well as so you can think about those issues.

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It's not impossible, it just costs more.
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Thanks SD, I will pick it up asap. SH now has a 7" chartplotter (waas) combined with a vhf...so all you have to do is send a distress message and your gps position is available. I have never owned a chartplotter before and want to make sure i buy the right one.
Charlie....all i can do is visit the sailnet homepage and view most recent posts. All other features are unavailable to me. Otherwise i wouldn't have wasted everyones time by asking here...
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Are you PC or Mac, and what browser are you using?

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Where am I, and where's my paddle?
It's not impossible, it just costs more.
Give me ambiguity, or give me something else.
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