Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia-II Hardcover – 1 Jul 1997
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Now, clearly if you are like him, and can afford a completely new, custom boat every few years, it's not impossible to say that your finances might be a shade stronger than the average boat owner. There are people out there who are running cruising boats that cost less than his radar set. And as they keep on going out there and getting use out of their boats, a year or two from now, Steve and Linda will be purchasing a new boat, and with it a new radar set that cost just as much.
So many people protest that here is a rich guy who really doesn't relate to the common man at all, who really has no clue about the poor sap who has to face the reality of owning some 40 foot dump of a wood boat that's falling
Some people cruise on 28' boats.
Sorry. Ahem. Some dump of a 28' wooden boat that's falling apart at the seams and doesn't even have a decent GPS, let alone radar.
And they are probably right. Steve and Linda, on their custom aluminum boat, can befriend these people, can be very nice people as I'm sure they are, but they can't really relate to taking their last dime and putting it in a boat.
That being said, who do you want to talk about complex systems, the guy who can't even afford one, or the fellow who's bought and tried them all, and now gives you a basis for comparison? The guy who has his creaky radar because it came with his boat, or the fellow who has, no doubt, tried every radar in the known universe?
The answer to that is is obvious, and that's why this book has a lot of value. You certainly find out from it what worked for the author and what didn't. You probably don't want to delay your cruise so long that you can afford all this stuff, but it's definitely a fascinating look at the world of boating from the perspective of someone who's seen -- and can afford -- it all.
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