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Question What gear do you use?

Wondering what navigation gear you use in your boats. GPS, Chartplotters, software, manual tools (windmeters, bearing compass, etc..), etc.. Also, do any of you use software to track what you spend on your boat or your expenses while cruiding? Software for a log book? I have looked around on the net a bit but, I am wondering what the general consensus is. Thanks!

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paper charts, handheld gps, handheld compass and software on a laptop

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VHF, handheld GPS, depthsounder, compass and charts. Binoculars too. Brought her more than 1000 miles that way.
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Well I guess I should've been a bit more specific. I figured everyone used the basic stuff as you all have listed but what brands/companies etc.. do you use? What GPS/Chartplotter/Depthsounder/Software on the laptop do you use on your boat? Sorry if I was a bit vague.

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I'd point out that you already have the most important navigation tool aboard... your mark I eyeball. Other tools that are good to have...

Charts of your local waters
hand-bearing compass or binoculars with compass—the Iris 50 is a good hand-bearing compass
Dividers
Pencils
Compass

Things that you might want but aren't necessary

Chartplotter
Radar
GPS


For chartplotters, I like the Garmin series of small chartplotters. They're pretty good value for the buck... and many models have the coastal US water charts pre-loaded. The higher end ones can be used with their Garmin 18HD radome as well.

One other reason I like Garmin's equipment is the software and user interface is generally a bit more user-friendly than some of the other brands.

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I have Maptech chart(s) book for the west coast, assortment of weems & plath tools, a old magellen handheld gps, a Davis handheld BC ( which I wouldn't recommend ) Offshore Navigator software on the laptop, a Nantucket lead line sounder (which is actually bronze)

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paper charts

depth finder for anchoring

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Hello,

I have a Lowrance LMS337C chartplotter / fishfinder. I picked that unit because IMHO Lowrance has the best bang for the buck. For $500 the unit has a high resolution (480 X 480) color screen, fishfinder, and detailed charts for the entire US.

My boat came with an older set of Datamarine wind, speed, and depth instruments (the wind meter didn't work so I had it rebuilt and now they all work fine).

I installed a Standard horizon GX1500S VHF. It is DSC capable, and I have integrated it with my chartplotter. I installed a remote mic so I can use the VHF from the helm.

I have a few chart books aboard, as well as the typical plotting gear (divider, hand bearing compass, etc.). I also have a handheld Garmin Extrex Legend chartplotter that I bought for my first boat. It's a good backup. I also have two handheld VHF units (westmarine brands).

Lastly, if I am going on a trip I bring my laptop with Seaclear software and USB GPS.

For tracking I just use excell or a work file.

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HANDHELD: VHF - iCom M34, GPS - Garmin GPSmap478, Binoculars w/ Compass - West Marine Tahiti, Paper Chart of the cruising area that I plan to sail, and one area north, and one area south, just in case.

Most of the boats that I sail (OPB) have a Raymarine C80 Chartplotter/depthsounder at the helm, and a VHF mounted below deck (where I can't hear it).


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Raymarine C80 @ Helm
ST60 Tri-data @ Helm
ST60 Wind Speed @ Helm
ICOM Ram-Mic @ Helm
West Marine Raitea?? Binoculars stowed nearby

Laptop @ Nav Station running Garmin BlueCharts
ICOM VHF @ Nav Station
Paper Charts @ Nav Station


Spares: Handheld GPS (Garmin 76CSx), Handheld VHF (Standard Horizon HX250S), Binoculars

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