|I can navigate like a pirate, you know.|
I listed six at first:
- B&G chart plotter
- SH GX 2200 base VHF
- SH HX850 handheld VHF
- SH HX870 handheld VHF
- Elderly Magellen 315 handheld GPS
- Even more elderly Magellan Pioneer (the last two are devoted to the ditch bag)
Then I realized I wasn't adding properly.
I have two "puck" receivers for my OpenCPN-equipped netbook that, of course, makes it into a functional plotter. I also have a retired, but functional Raymarine 420 monochrome plotter and a GPS mount I could hook back up quickly.
I have a well-swung Ritchie Globemaster compass I use for steering at the pilothouse helm because it's more reactive than the GPS. I have an old but working fluxgate compass, a KVH AC103, that gives good heading.
Lastly, I have a Suunto Ambit 2.5 wrist-top computer equipped with GPS. Plus an old Windows phone (disabled at present because of my sad data plan) I could, in a pinch, activate.
Did I mention my lead line, hand-bearing compass (requires current charts and at least some confidence that one is sailing near the shoreline the chart encompasses). Not to mention three sextants? With current almanacs and a means to know the time in Greenwich, naturally. And I have a fairly good handle on steering by the stars, should the stars be visible.
So getting lost would require some effort. Nonetheless, it's one of my sailing goals.