Our Onboard Library
When we decided to cut our land ties and have only
Dreamer, and of course, some storage of personal things we have to keep
for someday, many decisions have had to be made regarding what goes
onboard, what stays behind and what is given away. These are tough
choices for a couple of pack rats to make. But we do what we have to
One of the things we have wished we had for many years is
to have all our reference books in digital format on CD-ROM or DVD by
category so that we could do research using a word search option. In
outfitting Dreamer, we decided quite a few years ago to have a main
computer system together with printer and scanner. And so we have
cruised for the past six years, equipped to print out our charts in
advance of a trip leg in the event our navigation system went out.
We have used the scanner with its automatic document feed to scan in many
articles and documents to reduce the amount of storage space they would
have required. We are also researching the kinds of software
available that will make our task of scanning and converting the scanned
image to a text file while maintaining any pictures that are a part of the
Where possible, we will try to obtain a digital version to use instead of the hard paper version we have. Otherwise, the choice will be to scan and process, bring the hard version or leave behind. With Internet access, we know we can find information online, but we still have our favorite reference books we want with us and there may be times when we won't have good Internet access. There also hundreds of newsletters we will wish to access for their information.
"To Be Continued"