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The center Red light - - - The circle of very bright White lights
a Uniden vhs marine band radio
was very useful communicating with barge tow (pusher tug) captains
to ask them politely where (which side) would it be more convenient for them for you to be when passing.
This one runs on a rechargable battery pack OR some AA batteries - very convenient.
All the tug captains I encountered were very professional, polite and helpful.
Hello Captain, I am the tiny sail boat with the blue and white sail.
Which side of the channel would you prefer I be on when we pass ?
I intend to hug outside the edge of the channel in shallow water.
The little Garmin Etrex GPS
The GPS was of marginal use. It was good for determining speed over the ground and then estimating times of arrival.
In some areas there are significant currents and your speed through the water is not indicative of your progress.
Toward the end of the trip, when it got dark and I was trying to find Magnolia Beach. There was some water sloshing in the bilge.
The GPS was was floating in the bilge, and although advertised to be water resistant, was not resistant enough.
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We also had a full complement of charts stored in very large ziplock bags.
There is a place in town which makes very large copies. We used marked up copies. Highligter marks made on points of interest etc.
These were very useful to follow our progress. Since we stayed in the Intercoastal we could easily mark our progress by observing the channel markers.
(The commerical waterproof fishing charts would probably do just fine.)
Item that we did not have, which might have been useful... binoculars.
Then it would be a project to keep them moderatly dry.
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