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    Re: Determing the bearing off a celestial object.
    From: David Pike
    Date: 2015 Mar 31, 01:56 -0700


    We’re speaking the same language.  I thought you were implying that you could carry a calibrated master compass around with you and use it as required.  I’ve got to admit I’ve not swung my 27’ Sabre for a while.  She’s fibreglass but, in the cockpit, it’s difficult to get very far away from her big Yanmar engine.  GPS has made me lazy.  I carry twin GPS 12s, one on the weather boards and one on the nav table.  I just make my track over the ground equal the track I want.  In the Humber, the tide is so strong I just work on whether buoys are opening or closing against the land.


    When I swung my little Mosler Pup when I had her, I found an area well clear of the hangars.  Then I wandered around everywhere I was likely to walk taking bearings with a hand bearing compass on a recognisable object on the distant hills to check the bearing was as expected at every position.  Then I did a normal swing on the Pup. 


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