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    Re: Digital Sextant
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2002 Apr 2, 22:05 -0500

    > [Original Message]
    > From: Trevor J. Kenchington 
    > Dave Weilacher, echoing others, wrote:
    > > I would like an electronic sextant that ... [much snipped]
    > Accepting that anyone can want whatever they want, I just don't understand
    > what is motivating you guys.
    I'll attempt to defend myself.  I own two Tamaya sextants, and two Davis
    sextants; the cheap one and the good one of each.  I'm fairly proficient
    with these.
    I hold an ASA (American Sailing Association) Celestial Navigation
    instructor certification.  I've successfully taught the class and can
    actually dig up a reference or two from folks who were students in my
    Perhaps, even more to the point; I've actually successfully fixed my
    position at sea, this way.
    I own 3 GPS's.  All Garmins.  I like them. I like Garmins.
    I have more trouble with the horizon part of sights than I do with the star
    If I had a "sextant" that didn't need a horizon, it would work at night; or
    when the horizon is otherwise obscured.
    A GPS has failed me twice when I really wanted it to work. On one of those
    occasions, a sextant would have been useless and likely so the other time
    The differance in what I propose and a GPS, is that all of the gadgetry
    I've proposed would be central to my boat and not require multiple external
    systems to be working.
    It really ends up being an argument similar to the powerboat, sailboat,
    auxcillary  camps.
    If you can just turn on a key and go where you want, why sail?
    Or...  If you are a true sailor. why clutter your life with an engine on
    the boat.
    Or...  If all you want to do is turn a key and go like hell, just take a
    BTW - If the military has GPS and sextants, why are they wanting something

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