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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

With the number of boats being abandoned ,cut up for scrap, etc., there is a huge supply of used paper charts out there, somewhere.
I think good seamanship would mean giving them priority over booze cooling.
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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 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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A handheld GPS is all you really need . Princess Auto had one for $89.

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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

I have one...was just wondering about backup software to my paper charts...

and I agree that IS all I need but appreciate that my boat came with a nice furuno hardwired system that has a great signal all the time!

ps. no princess auto down here! jajaja

btw I just bought a the cheapest fishfinder I could find down here a garmin 150

use it as a backup depthsounder

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When my depth sounder gave out in Tonga, I was told a new one was unavailable there.
Now I always carry a spare. They are cheap enough.

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Depth finder have advanced over the years to the point where they're almost disposable. They're so powerful that they'll shoot through fiberglass hulls 4 to 6 inches thick as if they were not even there, and they'll even transmit and receive through thick aluminum hulls. I've never tried to shoot one through a steel hull, though.

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When my depth sounder gave out in Tonga, I was told a new one was unavailable there.
Now I always carry a spare. They are cheap enough.
searching ebay the cheapest standalone depthsounder was a lot more expensive than a midrange fishfinder

Ill be using the fishfinder as a shoot thru hull with a nice dab if silicone, or baby oil bath or whatever as soon as I get the best signal....

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Depth finder have advanced over the years to the point where they're almost disposable. They're so powerful that they'll shoot through fiberglass hulls 4 to 6 inches thick as if they were not even there, and they'll even transmit and receive through thick aluminum hulls. I've never tried to shoot one through a steel hull, though.

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my last boat ysed a fishfinder as the main depthsounder....nice color screen and all and it was used a a shoot through even though its a common skimmer type fishinder for powerboats...

hope I luck out and it works...my last boat was thicker than my current one so here hoping!

ps I agree some damn cheap stuff that works well these days... gps, spot messengers, fishfinders vhf all for great prices and easy to find...

20 years back in the 90s I clearly remember begging to find a used gps for like $300!

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When I went looking for a depth sounder for my small sailboat a few years back, my gaze quickly turned to fish finders and then, why not, a gps/sounder. For less than $400 ( now 369 ) I got a color chartplotter, gps, sounder, trip, speed, log, battery voltage, time, sunrise/sunset, anchor alarm, etc.. and charts for ALL of Canada (or the US ). It's only a 4" display but I find it does the job and being small it doesn't need a lot of power. At 1/3 amp I could run it 12 hrs a day for 2 or 3 weeks off a car battery.
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my last boat ysed a fishfinder as the main depthsounder....nice color screen and all and it was used a a shoot through even though its a common skimmer type fishinder for powerboats...

hope I luck out and it works...my last boat was thicker than my current one so here hoping!

ps I agree some damn cheap stuff that works well these days... gps, spot messengers, fishfinders vhf all for great prices and easy to find...

20 years back in the 90s I clearly remember begging to find a used gps for like $300!

jajajaja
I full expect to see GPS's in the kid's toy rack in a few years for $10 that are as good as a $800 GPS from just a few years ago (the first electronic calculator I ever saw didn't do anything but add, subtract, multiply and divide, and it sold for $400).
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well thats a bargain aint it?

group 9 you jumped in there but I guess sarcastically the same applies to your post! AJAJAJAJAJA

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