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There is no electronic equipment that is NECESSARY to circumnavigate. People have been circumnavigating for years without any electronics.
- GPS is useful. Having multiple GPS units is good for redundancy. Having a non-electronic navigation resource, like a sextant, is a good idea though.
- VHF radio, preferably with DSC Class D is a good idea as well—particularly when near shore, in coastal waters or dealing with shipping channels.
- SSB, either a receiver or transceiver, is good for getting weather updates and news. A transceiver would allow you to communicate at longer distances than VHF as well as send/receive e-mail if equipped with a Pactor modem.
- AIS, either a receiver or transceiver, is good when dealing with commercial traffic. Be sure that you can disable the transmission if planning to sail near pirate ridden waters.
- RADAR is very useful for low visibility conditions and as a warning system for approaching traffic.
- Satellite phone—also useful for long-distance communications and data. However, data plans are fairly pricey for any significant use.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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