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Poll: How would you spend $600?

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We received a $600 windfall for Christmas, with the caveat from the source of said windfall that we would get something for our new-to-us Catalina 34MKII. We have thought about a few things--folding steering wheel, dinghy--but haven't made a decision yet. It really needs to be a kind of "statement" purchase versus rather more prosaic necessities like new fenders or a sail cover. What would you get?
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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

A slip at a nice destination.

Hard to make equip recommendations, without knowing what you have. Can't get much of a dink for $600.


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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

He has a Catalina 34. You can combine some of your own funds with the gift to buy a pretty nice dinghy.
I like the folding steering wheel thought as well.

Do you have an autopilot? $600 would cover about half of one.
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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

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He has a Catalina 34.......
Noted that in the OP, but we don't know how it's already equipped.

I think the best advancement in marine entertainment, communication, navigation, weather, reading material, repair research, marina research, anchor alarm, etc, etc, is an iPad. I would never be aboard, without one, again. No idea if the OP already has one.


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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

One of the most spectacularly useful purchases I've made over the last 5 years has been a set of "stabilized" binoculars. I was so certain they were a con that I had to have multiple assurances that I could return them if I did not like them.
Well, long story short, they are magnificent. Boat names, light sequences, harbor entrances and literally thousands of things I could maybe get a glimpse of before, stand out steadily in my stabilized binos.
And to add to all that, being lighter than traditional binos, one can move up from 7X35 to 10X50 without the problems associated with doing so with traditional binos.
You'd still have a couple of hundred to play with afterwards (leather wheel cover?), but I doubt you'd find yourself happier with any purchase, after using the Stabilized binos.
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Stabilized binoculars? How do they work? How did they achieve stabilization?
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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

If the $600 was a gift for your baby... and you want to remember the giver of the gift every time...
You need to buy something that is to YOU absolutely a cosmetic item (something you might not buy yourself), but one that provides a statement and class that only YOU can define.

An example might be a Teak cockpit table, and cushions (for the partier).
Or a bronze/brass binnacle compass...
Perhaps bronze Barameter, and hygrometer for down below...
Perhaps a nice sextant for those who nod to the proper way to navigate.

Tend towards stuff that is timeless, rather than canvas, or electronics that have a fairly measured lifespan.

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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

At this stage of life, I would spend it all on booze, hookers and fattening food, then piss the rest of it away. Just kidding, of course.

Put it all in a cruising kitty for 2017 sounds like a reasonable way to piss it away.

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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

What work/upgrade have you been avoiding due to lack of funds?

Do that.
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Re: Poll: How would you spend $600?

I'm not sure what kind of sailing you do/plan to do or where, but for most kinds of sailing a dinghy is a pretty nice thing to have. You should be able to get a pretty nice, used hard shell sailing/rowing dinghy for $600.

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