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    Back In Hobby: Some Questions, Please
    From: Bob Rose
    Date: 2007 Apr 25, 09:57 -0700

    Now that I'm retired, I would like to bring myself back up to speed
    with this great hobby.
    Was wondering about the following, as I haven't tracked any of this
    for many a year, unfortunately.
    a.  Are full sized frame, metal, sextants still being manufactured
    anywhere ?
    b.  If so, by whom, please ?
    c.  Irrespective of price, which are acknowledged as the "best" in
    quality now ?
    Guess I should probably get myself a new copy of Bowditch.
    Looking thru Google, it seems the Gov't does not print it anymore,
    although, apparently it is available from some private publisher(s).
    I now have the single blue covered 1962 single volume edition with the
    really nice plastic star insert pages.  I guess they don't do it like
    this anymore.
    All in all, confusing, as to what's available, and from who.
    Where would you folks suggest I go to purchase the most complete, best
    printed, and clearest, volume ?
    Guess I should also ask which on line source is the most complete for
    navigation related texts, etc. (other than Amazon) ?
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