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    FW: Paper vs Elect. NA
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2003 Sep 9, 16:18 -0700

    >  -----Original Message-----
    > From:         Royer, Doug
    > Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 16:18
    > To:   'navigatio-l{at}listserv.webkahuna.com'
    > Subject:      Paper vs Elect. NA
    > Just my 2 cents on the matter.Rino,you know and I know all Merchy vessels
    > are not created equal.I liked your post and agree with your
    > sentiments.However,not all vessels you sign with have the best up to date
    > equipment on board.This was even more apperant a few years ago.I work for
    > the same company for 4 years now and their vessels all have up to date
    > gear.Years ago when I was signing and moveing from ship to ship that was
    > not always the case.I would always take my own calculator and a copy of
    > that years NA.Now I  take my lap top aboard which has many differant
    > programs I will need to fulfill my duties.A NA program and sight reduction
    > program are on the lap top and I use them even though the bridge has
    > redundant systems.But I also carry my own copy of the NA onboard also.In
    > my ditch bag I have a programmed calculator and I also include a copy of
    > last years paper NA in the ditch bag both sealed in plastic because if all
    > else fails you can use an out of date NA to get the data needed.One never
    > knows who was in the lifeboats last and if anything was removed since the
    > last inspection. That way you're at least set up for lifeboat navigation.
    > I've finished some research for Fred Hebard and myself and will share it
    > with you all and maybe some of you can broaden the search.Fred stated
    > there are no establishments in the US who are able to calibrate a
    > sextants's arc.I told him I knew of at least 1 that I sent my sextant to 7
    > years ago to have the arc calibrated.They are no longer able to provide
    > that service.The owner retired and took that craft with him.Because of
    > todays manufactureing techniques of sextants there is not the need to
    > provide this service as in years past is what I am being told.It wouldn't
    > be feasable for a business to maintane the equipment or pay someone to do
    > it because the demand is no longer there.I've talked to 7 establishments
    > on the west coast and all tell me the same.Can any of you help Fred out?

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