A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Robert VanderPol II
Date: 2015 May 1, 09:38 -0700
The problem I see is that increasingly folks are relying electronics for everything and there are so many ways for the system or some key part of it to go down.
For folks that are buying and outfitting a boat for about $100k they are going to be picky about what they spend their money on and dropping $1k or more on a celestial backup just isn't realistic. They have a whole bunch of other safety concerns to think about and a gaggle of technophiles telling them the GPS system could never go down so they don't even want to think about it.
There is periodic conflict on the cruising forum I am part of regarding the amount of reliance on electronics and how much analog backup there should be.
What I'm trying to do is figure out the lowest bar for entry (cost, simplicity, time and hassle) into celestial, hopefully getting it down to the point that people will consider it because it's kind of interesting, or nautical or historical and hey maybe it could be used to save my bacon in some unlikely event.
This might also be a means of expanding the pool of folks that are interested in this which would help keep the art alive longer.