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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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since we are on the topic of BUDGET navigation(jajaja)

whats everybodys latest cheap nav software kind of like captain software was 10-15 years ago?

I need cheap or free...something that will work on my HP laptop running windows 7

I have space on the hardrive and can get some extra space...I have the garmin 76cx which can be plugged into the laptop but has very basic plotting abilities

whats my best bet for these to equipment I have?

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I would think OpenCPN (freeware) would be a good choice. I have it, along with world charts and it looks pretty good. Anyone I have talked to that uses it likes it.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Well, I don't know about being "righteous", but I'm one of those who still likes to have paper aboard when I venture beyond the US, despite the fact that it can be a MAJOR budget-buster...

Which happens to be a point first raised MORE THAN 900 FREAKIN' POSTS AGO...

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What goes around comes around ?

I too "like" to have paper charts but will I ? Not at all sure about that.

Like a lot of you I also love the tactility of paper but have to admit that just as my onboard library is rapidly turning into an E-Library and my onboard music collection is gradually turning into Spotify downloads I fear I may just be moving with the times and the more E-Books I read the more I find my resistance is futile.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

man this thread is long1 jajaja I think I asked this same question before! sorry guys

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open capn

anybody else?

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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Well, I don't know about being "righteous", but I'm one of those who still likes to have paper aboard when I venture beyond the US, despite the fact that it can be a MAJOR budget-buster...

Which happens to be a point first raised MORE THAN 900 FREAKIN' POSTS AGO...

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Jon, you're so old you can't remember 900 posts back. Just kiddin. You know my feelings about paper - don't need them anymore. I have em, but they're just taking up valuable storage space in the chart table and on the book shelf. I can now store charts of the entire world on a small, USB thumb drive and have lots of room left over. Yes, the PC can die, but mice and critters could eat the charts, that is if they can stand the mold that's beginning to grow on the paper after five years in the chart table.

BTW: For those that don't know Jon, he IS one Hell of a sailor and delivery captain.

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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question:

since we are on the topic of BUDGET navigation(jajaja)

whats everybodys latest cheap nav software kind of like captain software was 10-15 years ago?

I need cheap or free...something that will work on my HP laptop running windows 7

I have space on thehardrive and can get some extra space...I have the garmin 76cx which can b e plugged into the laptop but has very basic plotting abilities

whats my best bet for these to equipments I have?

when I was in california I used noaa charts downlodable but for some reason I simply used a paper chart as it didnt work for me downloading or something...I just used them for refernce while hopping down the coast

this was 2 years ago

so any help here?

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BTW: For those that don't know Jon, he IS one Hell of a sailor and delivery captain.

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Thanks for the kind words, Gary - but nobody around here REALLY knows that, for certain... :-))
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

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What goes around comes around ?

I too "like" to have paper charts but will I ? Not at all sure about that.

Like a lot of you I also love the tactility of paper but have to admit that just as my onboard library is rapidly turning into an E-Library and my onboard music collection is gradually turning into Spotify downloads I fear I may just be moving with the times and the more E-Books I read the more I find my resistance is futile.

When you get up to Darwin there is a guy that does chart copies. About 100 bucks should see you up to Singapore and maybe beyond. MaxC and the captain off in Indonesia....Got tired of seeing my track go across reefs and land masses so turned it off. Cheap insurance those old paper charts....
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

aeventry what is max c?

im all for paper and guides...the opencapn or whatever is backup
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

They say it's not the ocean that kills you- its the hard edges. In that vein had a cruiser follow me last summer into my home port. Asked him later why. Said all his various screens died. He figured my draft was deeper than his so he'd be safe. Good thing I'm not a centerboard. Guess if you really wanted to be low cost could do DR/celestial until you got to the harbor you wanted then wait and follow someone in. Wife makes fun of me but have a small bag with a knot stick, lead line and hand held weather station/anemometer under the nav station seat. With a paper chart, hockey puck compass ( or compass in binocs) and way to read depths you can almost always figure out where you are near the hard edges. If I was small boat voyaging by myself could see forgoing all the electronics and not feel that insecure. Now a days even if retired you have time constraints ( meet this one- drop off that one- get on land to do this or that or wife is on you). All those electronics do make planning much easier. Still hate seeing the person behind the wheel with their head in a screen and the crew sitting in the cockpit with their heads down staring at a smart phone. Why the hell go sailing?
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