Sept 2010 Gadgets Column

A Life at Sea

How To Prepare For Passagemaking

When your boat is going to be your home, and land will be nowhere in sight, you better think long and hard about equipment. You should consider the importance, size, and weight of everything you bring aboard. Yet it’s just as crucial that whatever gear you select is reliable. Because, when you’re a thousand miles from nowhere, the only technicians available to solve any problems are yourself and your crew.
Hand-bearing Compasses

Hand-bearing Compasses

Not just a backup but a way to determine your location—even when you head ashore. (Both $39.99;
Farallon 1800 Watermaker

Farallon 1800 Watermaker

Create potable water for your time at sea. ($23,800;
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FastFind 210 GPS PLB

At 5.3 ounces, the easiest and most comfortable way to prepare for the worst. ($299.99;
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Truly global connectivity using the Inmarsat satellite system. ($6,999.99 plus airtime;

This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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