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    Re: Celestial Calculator Comparisons
    From: David F. McCune
    Date: 2000 Mar 10, 11:52 AM

    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.

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