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    Re: Coast Navigation School
    From: Wm Pettyplace
    Date: 2003 Jan 30, 08:17 -0600

    At 08:05 PM 1/29/03 -0800, you wrote:
    >Does anyone remember back in the 70s, there was a celestial
    >navigation school called "Coast Navigation" in Santa Barbara?
    >They had mail order home study courses and sold their own brand
    >of sextants called "Simex" or something like that.
    >I remember, I wanted a "Simex Junior" that ran about $850 back
    >in about 1972.
    >Anyway, wonder what ever happened to them.
    >--- Gordon
    I took the whole set of courses back in the early 70's when I lived in San
    Jose, Calif.  The Simex Jr. came with the celestial course, but I upgraded
    to either the Simex I or II, can't remember which now.  I packed the Simex
    a couple months ago to move back to North Central Florida, as soon as we
    sell this house.  Retirement!
    I have found a couple of these sextants for sale when searching Google.
    I think the Simex was made in Asia somewhere, it is good quality.  I paid a
    couple hundred dollars or more for the upgrade when I got it.
    Bill Pettyplace                       NWS, Aviation Weather Center
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