I’d never heard of Davis Instruments Quick Reference Cards until a fellow boater mentioned them to me. Since I’m new to sailing, I purchased a few of these handy dandy reference cards which are the perfect complement to any boat’s helm.
Laminated in a heavy plastic and ready to be stored in a binder if you choose, the Davis Instruments Reference Cards contain information applicable for both beginner and seasoned boaters. These reference cards all contain the most important information – such as who has the right of way when 2 boats are near (hint: it’s always the less maneuverable boat who has the right of way – which means, get OUT OF THE WAY!).
So, here’s a selection of reference cards which would be a great gift for a new boat owner or anyone who wants to have a fast reference for the most important information.
Davis Instruments Boating Guide Quick Reference CardCheck PriceDavis Instruments Navigation Rules Quick Reference CardCheck PriceDavis Instruments Weather Forecasting Quick Reference CardCheck PriceQuick Reference Marine ElectronicsCheck PricePocket Quick Reference Cards for BoatingCheck Price
John lived on Namaste, his Columbia 8.7 meter sailboat, for 3 years prior to our meeting. He commuted happily from Deale, MD to Rockville, MD – about an hour drive on a good day. The commute was well worth the time though as he started his day on the bow of his sailboat with a cup of coffee and ended it on the stern with a cocktail. Can’t beat that.
In our first online chat, John regaled me with tales of what his life was like aboard his boat with his little pug, Matee (who was litter box trained!). He spoke of the challenges he had to overcome in order to live full time aboard the boat. He also spoke of the joy of his lifestyle
Now, 7 years later, there is a new Namaste sailboat (a MacGregor power sailer) and of course, there is me and my rooted (at the moment) lifestyle. Ah, but, someday in the nearish future, John will once again live aboard a boat as we sail the intercoastal waterway from Maine to Florida.
If you have a dream of living aboard a boat, here’s a few highly reviewed books on Amazon.com that can help you make the adjustment to a lifestyle on the water:
The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat, Revised & UpdatedCheck PriceLeap of Faith: Quit Your Job and Live on a BoatCheck PriceAll in the Same Boat : Living Aboard and CruisingCheck PriceThe Cruising Life: A Commonsense Guide for the Would-Be VoyagerCheck Price