Now I can see where we are going
I’m the guy who needs his wife to read the text to him on upcoming road signs, so you don’t have to work too hard to convince me of the usefulness of a good pair of binoculars on a boat. Up until our boat show visit all we have had on board have been a couple of very compact sets, more appropriate for backpacking than navigating. We have put them to use though, both for eyeing good spots as we made our approach into an anchorage, and for checking out the bikini-clad sailors on neighboring boats once the anchor is down (just kidding Rebecca 😉 ).
Although a new pair of binos wasn’t a huge item on our shopping list, we did find a good deal on a pair of West Marine Raiatea 7x50s. No, they do not have a built in compass. No, they do not have image stabilization. No, they are not $1000.00+ Steiners! They do seem robust enough for our uses though, and I think they will be a huge improvement over what we have been using up to this point.