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    Re: Lanyard for your sextant
    From: David F. McCune
    Date: 2006 Apr 28, 11:52 +0200
    I use a floating lanyard that I bought some years ago at West Marine.   It is thick, soft neoprene or some such thing, so it's comfortable and easy to grab in dim light.  In theory, it will keep the sextant afloat if I drop it overboard.  I've never tested that theory, however.  I'm much more worried about dropping the sextant on deck or banging it into a bulkhead as I clamber about on the boat.  The most dangerous moment for me is climbing down the companionway hatch in heavy seas.  The sextant is around my neck, the boat is rolling from 20 degrees on one side to 20 on the other, and sometimes for a second or two I have to hang on to the boat with two hands.  The sextant becomes a big, fragile pendulum.  I always breather a sigh of relief the instant I get the sextant back into it's foam rubber padded case.  I still sail long distances solo with no navigational electronics (well, I DO use a Timex quartz watch), so losing my sextant would be a fairly big deal.  I keep a backup sextant on board, just in case.
    Good luck with your new sextant.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM]On Behalf Of Guy Schwartz
    Sent: Friday, April 28, 2006 4:17 AM
    Subject: Lanyard for your sextant

    Well I took the plunge and purchased
    a new sextant. What are you folks using as a lanyard?
    Thank you,
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