A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Andrés Ruiz
Date: 2017 Jul 3, 11:44 +0200
I am amused by your comment
>> depending on the navigation area is mandatory in the EU to have [a sextant] as a safety equipment <<
Not a EU regulation. Yes, Spanish boats (and only those) must carry a sextant, and only if they go out farther than 60 nm. But there is no mandate to carry an almanac. So, what is this sextant for?
By contrast, on a French boat one may opt either for a sextant or for a GPS when sailing en haute mer, which for that purpose already starts at six miles from the coast! Doesn't this seem to be a somewhat more realistic approach towards boat safety?