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    Re: Left-handed sextants
    From: Joe Shields
    Date: 2001 Apr 23, 11:03 AM

    You mean all navigators are NOT lefthanded?
    Actually being left-handed/left eyed but using a sextant built for a righty,
    I feel I am more in balance holding the sextant in my right hand up to my
    left eye.  I wonder if more right-handed navigators have fallen off the
    starboard side of their boats being so right-sided heavy?  Of course, you
    righties would have your watch on your left hand, so that could help balance
    things out ;-)
    
    Actually that is probably the biggest inconvenience for a lefty... trying to
    look at your watch on your right hand while still holding on to the sextant,
    but then maybe that is better... a righty would have to put the sextant down
    to write  while we lefties can pull the pencil tucked behind our left ear
    and write down the time and sextant reading with a twist of our right wrist.
    
    I wonder... were there ever right-handedness requirements for navigators in
    any Navy?
    -- Joe
    
    
    -----Original Message-----
    From  Will O'Neil [mailto:will.oneil{at}POBOX.COM]
    Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2001 10:59 PM
    To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    Subject: Re: Left-handed sextants
    
    
    Steve,
    
    Bruce Bauer, in his The Sextant Handbook, wonders the same thing, and shows
    an antique left-handed sextant that he found. He makes the argument that a
    left-handed sextant makes it easier and quicker for a right-hander to write
    down his sights, which makes some sense. On the whole, though, I think I
    agree with Bill.
    
    I wonder if there are any lefties who would care to comment? Do you find
    using a "right-handed" sextant easy and natural?
    
    Will O'Neil
    

       
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