Online Book: Maintaining a Cruising Boat, Chapter 11 of 21

Marine Electronics Recommendations—Communications


I played games to make an important point in the this chapter. Having got that off my chest, in this chapter I’m going to get real about recommending marine electronic gear.

This started as one chapter covering all marine electronics, but got way too long, so I’m going to start with communications and then move on to navigation, radar, and autopilots in future chapters.

But let me be super clear: These recommendations are for those of you who want to be offshore voyagers, not marine electronics hobbyists.

And if that sentence made no sense to you, please read (or reread) my last post on the subject, otherwise this whole post, and the ones that follow it, will make no sense to you…and you might think I’m a technically clueless idiot…or an out-of-touch old guy…and I would hate that.

With that out of the way, let’s assume you want to go voyaging and have just bought a new boat with no electronics at all. First let’s deal with communications:

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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