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    Cel Nav!
    From: Mike Burkes
    Date: 2004 Jul 17, 09:58 -0700
    Hi Robert,
    Good message and I am especially interested in your trans Atlantic Cel Nav experiences! Have you ever had any uncertainties e.g. Polaris and noon sights disagreeing, recovering lost time using Lunar distances? Would love to hear yours and others' "war stories" regarding things of that nature and others! It seems a number of the List members are not actual blue water celestial navigators and I for one would be interested in their resourcefulness in correcting the situation.
    Mike Burkes     
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    Trevor ;
    Books are written for more then one reason. You can write a book that is
    intended to entertain or a book that is to give some understanding to the
    masses and then there is a book that is intended to advance the cause of
    education. I read this book and found it meet my needs and it rouses an
    interest in the subject that I would not have developed otherwise. Yes I
    enjoyed the book and under stand that it was written in a way calculated to
    hold the interest of the ordinary man, not necessarily the absolute truth as
    an outsider would have seen it. You say "But the real mistake was in
    insisting on a good vs. evil plot instead of telling the story of what
    really happened." That literary device was used to good advantage to hold
    the interest of the reader. If the reader drops his interest all is lost in
    a book. I have not yet used GPS on any of my trans Atlantic crossings. I use
    a sextant and chronometer because in the beginning it was all I had; now I
    enjoy the feeling that comes from independence and knowledge. And that book
    is one of the reasons that I study navigation more then is necessary just to
    get from point a to point b without hitting point c.
    All the best;
    Robert Gainer

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