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    Re: De Lurk
    From: Arthur Pearson
    Date: 2003 Feb 7, 18:49 -0500

    It is interesting to get an introduction to so many familiar voices on
    the list.  I have a 21' Drascombe Longboat and thanks to its trailer I
    have cruised it in Maine, Nova Scotia and Labrador. In the 70's and 80's
    I worked at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound sailing school, so a lot
    of my sea time is open boat coastal work in Maine and Florida. Lots of
    fog and bell buoys, no celestial. I have spent about 9 months total on
    training ships, either as a student or mate, and about half of that
    offshore with celestial the primary or only mode of navigation.  I have
    been fortunate to sail with some truly expert navigators and I am
    unequivocally NOT in their league.  One skipper was an old P&O man who
    made us work our sights with log tables in workbooks of our own making.
    He would come on deck at twilight, quietly shoot 6 or 7 stars in about
    90 seconds, and casually step below.  I bought an Astra 3b three years
    ago to rekindle a craft that I truly loved for those brief interludes
    years ago.  I now take it with me on cruises, charters and day trips and
    shoot whenever I have a clear horizon.  The more I do, the harder I look
    for opportunities to do more.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Sellar,
    William E.
    Sent: Friday, February 07, 2003 3:10 PM
    Subject: Re: De Lurk
    Bill Sellar [mailto:WSellar{at}BRCO.COM] asked:
    > Now that I have joined in after months of lurking, I am curious
    > about the make up of the list.  To what extent are you boat
    > owners, sailors, voyagers, etc.  who pursue navigation to
    > actually operate their boats?  It seems that there may be some
    > who are interested in the subject, but don't actually go to sea.
    > Just curious?
    I should probably answer my own question.  I have a Southern Cross 39
    in Lake Michigan that I live on in the summer and cruise the Lakes.  I'm
    a long range cruiser wannbe, but still have the day job.  I'm adequate
    with coastal navigation and want to learn Celestial.  I have an Astra
    3b.  Day job, boat repairs, family issues, etc. - not really getting
    started with Celestial.

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