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    MacDonalds to the Rescue
    From: William Trayfors
    Date: 1999 Aug 03, 8:32 AM

    The recent threads re: navigation on a budget seem to me to be mostly mental 
    masturbation.  They don't take much account of the real world of 1999, 
    including our current economic boom.
    Nobody, but nobody, should set out to sea without proper navigation 
    instruments.  And, nobody is so poor as to be unable to acquire them new or 
    used.  Consider the following.
    MacDonalds around here (Washington DC) pays $8/hour.  Let's call it $6/hour 
    after taxes.  They can't get enough employees...always have Help Wanted signs 
    out.  Here's how even the hardest pressed would-be navigator could acquire a 
    first-class setup (new prices):
    ITEM                              Cost            Hours           Weeks
    Sextant (Astra IIIB)            460             76.7            1.9
    GPS                             150             25.0            0.6
    Timepiece                       20              3.3             0.1
    Nautical Almanac                17              2.8             0.1
    Celesticomp Calculator  279             46.5            1.2
    HO 229                          12              2.0             0.1
    Total                             $938            156.3           3.9
    So, a month's work at MacDonald's would pay for the lot.  Put your mate to 
    work also, and you could double up on the sextant, GPS, and timepiece (or buy 
    just one of each in only 2 weeks)!
    How about some real-world navigation problems??

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