Friday, March 27, 2015


                 YOUR PERSONAL GPS                 
                 You might find your life's destination better if you remember                           
 The charm of single handed cruising is not solitude but independence       

An Oday Mariner anchored peacefully in some bay.  That's the dream!  But, there is so much more to making the dream a reality.

 The list of tools, equipment and supplies required for an 8 month, 6,000 mile cruise  seems to be endless, and expensive.  Excepting the cost of fuel, the trip its self will not be that costly.

Have thy tools ready, God will find thee work.   

This gimbal De Haan Berth Lamp is a jewel!  And, it was priced accordingly.  All brass, manufactured in Holland since sailing days, it will not only light my cabin but it will raise the temperature of the enclosed cabin by 20 degrees on a cold night.  Priced in the neighborhood of $200 everywhere, I got it on Amazon for $140.  I also have a De Haan Trawler Lantern, Jr. which I will use in the cockpit.

This is a tiller extension.  I love it.  It will allow me to relax in the seat while steering the boat.  It extends from 19 to 32 inches.  It comes right out of the tiller when not needed.  I will design my galley to store this extension.  
Amazon saved me about $40.

Other gear I  have already bought include a chart plotter, priced near $500 everywhere, bought from a limited number on Amazon for $365.  A Tiller Tamer, a steering device that allows the boat to steer itself, freeing me to make coffee or read the charts, came from Amazon.  Another piece of gear that I saved big on at Amazon was a Hawkeye Depth Sounder.  Although my boat has a very shallow depth, 12 inches, at times shallow water will be a potential problem.  Set for three feet, an alarm will sound if the water is less than that depth.  The list goes on.

I even bought clothes to wear.  I love wearing jeans but they would be uncomfortable to sit in them for hours at a time.  Sam's had some great pants and I bought four pair.  I also bought matching shirts.  These are designed to be very easy wash-n-wear, a consideration.

My biggest expenses, yet to come, are railings, life lines and an out board motor.  Expensive but exciting!  And, of course, lots of charts.

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.  No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.                      

This is a U. S. Navy destroyer, the USS John Pierce DD753.  Destroyers are named after naval heroes.

My hero also is Jon Pierce, my grand son.  He is a tech genius.  I asked him last fall if he would wire up my gear on the boat and he said he would.

I served for awhile aboard a destroyer escort, the USS Hemminger DE746

                                    Humor can be one our best survival tools                                      

Am I the only "nut" in our family who does far out things?  Absolutely not!  This is a picture of my youngest son, Todd Christian, taken in South America where he was doing missionary work.  Todd and his wife Amy rides bikes thousands of miles each year.

"They that go down to the sea in ships; and occupy their business in great waters;  these men see the works of the Lord;  and His wonders in the deep"



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