Features May 2007 Issue

Ocean Tested Cruising Gear for Sailboats

Practical Sailor contributing writer Joe Minick presents his scorecard regarding the choices he made while refitting Mason 43. Gear tested include the CQR anchor, Freedom 2000 inverter/charger, Link 2000-R monitor, SGC 2000 SSB, Icom 710 SSB, NASA Target Pro-Plus Navtex receiver, Furuno NX-300 Navtex receiver.

Now, several years after equipping our Mason 43 for extended cruising , it’s painfully obvious that misconceptions about what a cruising sailboat really needs lie at the root of many problems with equipment and marine electronics—although there are still poorly designed pieces of gear that should be avoided entirely. For this article we’ll look at the winners and losers after several thousand miles of use and a trans-Atlantic crossing. Gear we’ll examine includes a 60-pound CQR anchor, Freedom 2000 inverter/charger, Link 2000-R monitor, SGC 2000 single sideband radio, Icom 710 SSB radio, NASA Target Pro-Plus Navtex receiver, Furuno NX-300 Navtex receiver.

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