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Jon, don't they teach you Canajians classical western history?

"(Never did quite get the logic of naming a compass for a different planet than the one you're on, but what the hey...)"

That's because Saturn is, first and foremost, a Roman God. The planet simply is named for the god, but the primary meaning of Saturn is the name of a Roman God.

Now you've gone and done it, pissed off a God and one that Poseidon and Aeolus both know quite well. You'd better find a couple of bullocks to sacrifice real fast, or else give up any thought of sailing again.
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I just bought one of these at the Harbor Freight store.



With a Lithium battery it's very light -- 1 million candlepower, rechargable, and on sale right now for $10.99. I've already used it to come into a harbor at night. I worked really well and I plan to buy a couple more, but...


The next time I came in at night I used one of these, lashed to the bow pulpit. (It's nice to have a good inverter.) I used it sparingly when there was nothing except empty, open water beyond it, and I could see really well.



Where we are, the fishing boat come into harbor with arc lights illuminating everything. I wanted to see what that was like.

Anyway David, I recommend that rechargable spot light.

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I've been waiting for someone to mention binoculars. I didn't put them on my list because I've taken them out of my bag due to weight. I really don't use them that much any more. Now that I carry a chart plotter I know the name of the bouy I see even if I can't make out its marks. Most of the time when I use it now it is just for curiosity not navigation or safety. What do you think, necessary or nice?

Alligator clips to cig plug. Yes, Yes I've been meaning to make one. I have a multi-plug so the owner and I don't have to fight over the one plug.

Yes boat power is usually broken. I hate it when the night light for the compass is out.
Well I must admit using them for non navigational use as well, I am a big bird fan. Good for making sure those with bikinis on the bow of the power boats are all secure as well. My distance vision is not all that great, so I do like to use them to see buoy numbers and what not.


I used to get little red key chain LED lights from Deal Extreme and they were less than a dollar apiece, but it looks like they may have stopped selling them. They were nice because you could just leave them everywhere, and not even worry about collecting them all at the end. They were bright enough to see but not so bright as to ruin your night vision and had a push button intermittent light, then a slide switch for steady on light. The key chain loop was handy to hang them so you could use the head and hang it on a hook and have your hands free. The white light ones are great, but bright enough to ruin your night vision.
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paul, the Photon [brand] microlights are very good for that, although there are plenty of others on the market now. The choice of red, white, amber, green, is a very personal one which has been endlessly discussed elsewhere. Suffice to say that red night lighting is now a tradition--but very much proven not to be necessary nor optimal for many people and situations.

There are also LED "ring" lights, little LED lights that are built in a pod on a ring that fits on your finger. Good and bad in that they only light up what's in front of your hand, but cheap enough to try when you're looking for something small, occasionally. Like a cabin light breaker on a panel.
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Well I must admit using them for non navigational use as well, I am a big bird fan. Good for making sure those with bikinis on the bow of the power boats are all secure as well. My distance vision is not all that great, so I do like to use them to see buoy numbers and what not...
Twice this summer I've unscrewed a big lens from our binoculars. It made a great monacle when I had to remove ticks from the kids. (Yes we then got antibiotics. Lymes disease is nasty, and the new tick-born diseases are starting to get tagged for a lot of lingering ailments. Apply A&D or vaseline first to encourge it to come out, then use a tweezers, taking your time so you don't leave a part of the tick under the skin.)

You can end up with a ring of grease around your eye socket, but you can see the little critters really well and apply that slow, patient, steady pull that seems to work the best.

We now keep a 30x 25mm jewel's loupe (loop?) on the boat for this purpose. $5 off eBay. It has built-in LED lights, so you don't have to hold a flashlight at the same time.

FYI, 10x50 Binoculars are $20 at Harbor Freight.


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Twice this summer I've unscrewed a big lens from our binoculars. It made a great monacle when I had to remove ticks from the kids. (Yes we then got antibiotics. Lymes disease is nasty, and the new tick-born diseases are starting to get tagged for a lot of lingering ailments. Apply A&D or vaseline first to encourge it to come out, then use a tweezers, taking your time so you don't leave a part of the tick under the skin.)

You can end up with a ring of grease around your eye socket, but you can see the little critters really well and apply that slow, patient, steady pull that seems to work the best.

We now keep a 30x 25mm jewel's loupe (loop?) on the boat for this purpose. $5 off eBay. It has built-in LED lights, so you don't have to hold a flashlight at the same time.

FYI, 10x50 Binoculars are $20 at Harbor Freight.


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Yea, Lyme is no joke, three people in my immediate family got it as did a dog. Had an in depth discussion with a researcher at Yale when on a college visit with my son, really scary stuff. My X was in the hospital for weeks and on home IV treatment for almost a year.

Now here I thought you were going to tell a fun story about Binoculars! The loupe comes in handy for inspecting rigging as well! I have to ask do you have stock in Harbor Freight, this is like the second post in a row with your recommending them (spot light) I shop there a lot, but hate to because most of there stuff is low grade made in China stuff. How are there binocs? Perhaps as a second pair they might be good.
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$20 binocs...Yeah, well onceuponatime someone gave me a pair of "tourist" binocs like that. You can't argue, they do work, there's just a huge difference in how well they work. And while you can unscrew the lenses, the threading is usually cheap enough so that they are likely to get out of alignment when you do. After that, you'll always see two images rather than one, as they are no longer aligned horizontally and vertically. Of course the good thing is, you can usually bend the pot-metal frame to adjust that. (!)

But for $20 you can't lose, you can pass them around, let kids use them, and if someone loans them to Poseidon...hey, it's only a $20 loan.
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