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Old 08 November 2002, 13:26   #21
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Matt,

I've not long since got a VHF HH and I went for the Standard Horizon HX260E. 150 quid from MES www.mesltd.co.uk

Haven't had any problems with it yet - there is also a thread call VHF handheld (I think) that I started when I was looking with other options.

You mentioned you needed a pc link cable for your etrex have a look at http://pfranc.com/projects/g45contr/emap/index.htm they run a pledge system where you email them they will send you a couple of plugs and if you think they are useful they ask you to send them some money. If you want to drop them a note - but be nice and pay up.

Pm if you want any more details

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Old 08 November 2002, 13:39   #22
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Thanks for that info Mike, sent off an email to the UK supplier, and yeah don't worry, I am going to pay. Even paying for the connector a data cable can still be knocked together for vastly less than the official Garmin cable (more than 30 for 3 bloody wires with a serial connector!). Plus I can salvage a DB9 connector from an old mouse or joystick.

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Old 08 November 2002, 17:03   #23
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Matt,

As usual there is no end of good advice to a question raised on these threads and I must say your approach towards getting this SIb to me seems sensible and far more patient than anything I have ever done. So lets see if we can reward this patience. (it is supposed to be a virtue)

If you need any connectors or data cabling I've probably got them cluttering up my sheds so let me know what you need and I'll send them to you.

Ropes I bought a 340 mtr reel of white 1/2 inch nylon rope let me know what lengths you need and I'll give you them

Waterprooof tub, I have some flare casks I'll put one aside for you

Jasper( Son) is an RYA instructor and he will train you FOC if you turn up at Southampton.

Also Towsure sell a nifty waterproof rucksack for about a 10ner which you can buy yourself

One thing I would strongly recomend is that you go to Night school and learn about engines ( outboards if you can) cos you will probably be using a second hand engine and you may need to know how to mend it at sea. So spare plugs and ignition leads might be sensible.

Anybody got a pair of Oars they don't really want or any other useful stuff, perticularly safety stuff they could donate to Matt


Another thing is that Allgadgets (find it on the Net) do a little survival pack for a tenner which has loads of stuff that could come in useful.
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Old 08 November 2002, 17:24   #24
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Bloody hell you're a decent lot of people! I can truthfully say that this is the friendliest forum I've ever used on the internet. There is very little trouble, and everyone is extremely friendly, generous, and willing to share advice. Can't wait to put some faces to the names during next year.

Thanks a LOT for the generous offers there Stuart! Currently don't need oars, as the boat I should be getting is being supplied with some. Regarding the data cable stuff, I've pretty much got that covered now, got loads of wire about the place, and once the ePlugs arrive in the post I just need to cut a DB9 connector off an old mouse or similar and then stick all the stuff together.

Yeah I'll definately at least do some reading up on engines, and also have a word with some of the RIB owners down at the dive club about engine maintenance to make sure I can do some basic repair stuff like changing plugs and so on. Not sure if there's any night classes round here about that sort of thing however, but I'll do some research into that.

Better start saving some extra money to buy you all a pint each at the meetings

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Old 08 November 2002, 18:21   #25
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Matt

you seem to be after a sib on a limited budget, what is the boat you quote on your profile ( tornado 6 metre ) , is the sib in addition to this boat ?

What size sib are you after, there are always a few for sale on ebay.co.uk which are worth a look at

just curious
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Old 08 November 2002, 18:22   #26
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The boat in the profile is the RIB that belongs to my dive club. Should change it now to be more SIB related really

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Old 09 November 2002, 03:09   #27
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Taking WAVEHAMPERS advise I just founf a pair of new oars I had forgotten in my garage. You can have those mate (if you want them), also I have a life jacket in as new condition you can have that also.
I'm leaving tmo for a biz trip and will be back in 3 weeks time or so. Will contact you then.

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Old 09 November 2002, 03:21   #28
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Matt, I've seen some of them, they'll give you nightmares!

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Old 09 November 2002, 04:05   #29
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Matt, I've seen some of them, they'll give you nightmares!
Speak for yourself, Keith...haha
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Old 09 November 2002, 10:00   #30
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Surely it can't get any worse than Keith's ugly mug?

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