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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Our spare depth sounder is a lead line, complete with a wax grab well so we can sample the bottom. When we bought our current boat it came with a dead depth sounder. We had to sail it back home, through unfamiliar water, so we dug out the lead line and were off. We spent that entire first season without a functioning depth sounder. The lead line was all we had, and it worked just fine. Made us a bit more cautious when entering strange anchorages, and anchoring probably took a bit longer, but no big deal really.

Don't get me wrong, I like working depth sounder. But it only took a short time to get used to using a lead line.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

My GPS is a used cobra GPS 100 older but still works good ten bucks at second hand Chandler's (longship marine) gives lat and lon to the tenth of a second.
Handheld and waterproof to ten meters it says
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Our spare depth sounder is a lead line, complete with a wax grab well so we can sample the bottom. When we bought our current boat it came with a dead depth sounder. We had to sail it back home, through unfamiliar water, so we dug out the lead line and were off. We spent that entire first season without a functioning depth sounder. The lead line was all we had, and it worked just fine. Made us a bit more cautious when entering strange anchorages, and anchoring probably took a bit longer, but no big deal really.

Don't get me wrong, I like working depth sounder. But it only took a short time to get used to using a lead line.
I used to use a lead line all of the time when I first started sailing. My first sailboat had no electronics except an intermittent depth gauge (it only seemed to work in water that I knew was deep enough) and a VHF radio (which we could use to use to make phone calls back then if we kept out later than we planned and you would actually read your credit card numbers off to the operator (to show how innocent the world was back then), or make it collect). I made my lead line from an old window weight.
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This is what he's afraid his freezer will look like.


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Did my wife send you that picture. Exactly like hers, even the stuff stored on the outsides.
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Did my wife send you that picture. Exactly like hers, even the stuff stored on the outsides.
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Funny.

No I got it off Google Images.

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Did my wife send you that picture. Exactly like hers, even the stuff stored on the outsides.
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Looks like a power failure could cost you a fortune with that rig!
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

Ironically, I had to watch a friend's 42 Hunter in Marathon's Boot Key Harbor last winter while he drove home to take care of his ailing brother who had underwent bypass surgery and was having a rough time. He hoped his solar panel (500-watt) would keep his house batteries charged enough to take care of his fully stocked onboard refrigerator/freezer - it didn't. We had about 7 days of cloudy weather and one afternoon I went out to check on his boat and the stench was enough to kill a horse. I threw away more than $1,500 in food that had spoiled in the freezer and refrigerator, then spent two days cleaning it out with bleach water and detergents. It was a horrendous mess. When he came back to the boat a month later, he and his wife both said if they would have come back to that smell, they would have tossed a match into the cabin and just dinghy'd away and let it burn to the waterline and sink.

We remain good friends and I hope to see them this coming summer when I sail down to northern Virginia where they currently reside.

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I used to use a lead line all of the time when I first started sailing. My first sailboat had no electronics except an intermittent depth gauge (it only seemed to work in water that I knew was deep enough) and a VHF radio (which we could use to use to make phone calls back then if we kept out later than we planned and you would actually read your credit card numbers off to the operator (to show how innocent the world was back then), or make it collect). I made my lead line from an old window weight.
A fishing pole and a bobber is a good tool. Use a small bobber and a large sinker. You can set your depth. If the bobber sinks you should float. You can find the shallow water as far away as you can cast. The keel can find all the shallow water right next to the boat.
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Re: Voyaging on $500 per month

nice! thanks for that, reminds me I need a fishing pole
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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
That is one great thing about electronics. In a world where so many things get more expensive, and of lesser quality, electronics just keep getting cheaper and better!
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