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    Re: Latitude and Longitude by "Noon Sun"
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2005 Jun 7, 09:32 -0700

    Frank Reed wrote:
    > Lu Abel you wrote:
    > "I don't see noon sights  vs LOP sights as an either-or proposition -- at
    > least not for a "good"  navigator (which I hope all on this list would
    > claim they either are or  aspire to). "
    > A good navigator is the guy who pulls a functioning spare  GPS receiver out
    > of a metal box after your vessel has been struck by lightning  and all the
    > other electronics are fried! 
    No argument from me on that one, Frank.
    A few years ago I posted a question I'll re-ask:  If you were about to
    depart on a circumnavigation and had a $1000 budget for navigation
    instruments, what would you purchase?
    I don't know about others, but for $1K I could buy four high-quality GPS
    receivers and a whole lot of batteries.  I'd use one and keep the
    others, as Frank noted, sealed in plastic bags inside in a waterproof
    metal box.
    Oh, and if I had a few bucks left over I might buy a used Davis plastic
    sextant, just so I could look nautical and impress the tourists ("argh,
    ye landlubbers, what a perfect noon shot I just got")  
    Lu Abel

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