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    Re: Celestial Calculator Comparisons
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2000 Mar 10, 7:51 PM

    David F. McCune writes:
     > Joe:
     > I did a solo crossing to Hawaii from L.A. a few years ago.  A sailor
     > acquaintance, upon hearing that I have no navigational electronics and used
     > celestial only, said "that's not very efficient."  True.  "If I wanted to be
     > efficient," I said, "I'd have taken United Airlines."  It's a SAILBOAT, for
     > God's sake!
     > People sail for all kinds of reasons.  Some race.  Some want to get
     > somewhere with a sailboat in tow so they can hang out in a remote tropical
     > anchorage.  Some prefer the voyage to the destination.
     > I'm a pilot and in airplanes I use electronics so they're coming out my
     > ears.  For me, a sailboat is a place to get away from all that.  I don't own
     > a GPS.  Nor do I own a celestial calculator.
     > Do whatever feels comfortable for you.
     > - David
     > PS.  Oh, and by the way, it doesn't take as long as people think to reduce a
     > sight.  Once you've done a thousand or so, five minutes and a blank piece of
     > paper will do.  The hard part of a sight is standing on the deck of a
     > 30-foot boat in a 12-foot swell with a sextant to your eye, not the trivial
     > arithmetic that follows.
    And amen yet again!  The reductions are cookbook work (yes, knowing
    *why* something is done helps in both cooking and celestial reductions
    - pun intended).  Getting the sights are the real challenge.
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35

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