Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Ashland Ma
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Watch the dates on the charts in the kits. I bought a set (Richardson's LI S. Shore), discovered the charts were early 2000's and returned it. I am contemplating the Cape Cod to Maine book from the same outfit, those seem to have later dates (2007). Maybe I have real job someday again and can buy the $100 set.
I found, on my cruise, that the printable charts from NOAAs booklet url served me well for an area I was going to cruise once. I also downloaded all the free *.kap files from NOAA (LI through Cape Ann), loaded them in Seaclear II (also free), and as long as I have a laptop and GPS operational, I have everything I need. It'll be sweet to hook up a GPSMAP 76... to it and track progress without loading individual points via ... that would not be sneaker-net... deck-shoe-net?
I like plotting the course, keeping tabs on where we are the old fashioned way with pencil, parallel edges, etc. and hope to practice night navigation by the stars. But it takes time and your tillerman has to be happy during the time it takes to do so.
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