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    Re: Averaging
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Oct 20, 21:09 -0300

    Doug, I do sights using Dip Short in the harbour or anchored in small coves;
    natural horizon either on shore points near here, or anchored out in the
    Strait; and natural horizon running during our cruises.  My sights are out
    by about 0.5-4 miles using Dip Short and natural horizon on shore or at
    anchor, and by about 2-6 miles while running.  I don't know why I practice
    CN, except as a distraction from the stresses of my real job, and a love for
    the skill.  I'm getting a bit long in the tooth to make the circumnavigation
    that I dreamed about my whole life, but never got around to.
    I really want to give the sextant a try on blue water some day.  I've been
    trying to find a way to get to sea on a 2-4 week ocean trip, either a
    passage on a commercial ship where I could keep my own DR/CN plot and then
    check it against the ship's log at the end of the trip, or a leg on a
    cruising sail or powerboat.  I'd take leave from work, and then the family
    could meet me at the end of the passage for a holiday before returning home
    to reality.  Any suggestions welcome.  Do freighters/tankers take passengers
    these days?
    Jim Thompson
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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Royer, Doug
    > Jim,
    > One of these times you're on the "lunch hook" and practicing try to use a
    > short horizon in your sighting proceedure and practice working
    > that out.It's
    > interesting and may come in handy at sometime in the future.
    > Is it your goal to become proficiant enough, or I should say comfortable
    > enough, through practice and averaging to rely on a single cut of each
    > object taken during a session to reduce for LOPs with confidance?
    > Or do you
    > believe even if you're at the confidance level you desire to still use
    > averaging proceedures to gain the needed LOPs?

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