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    Re: Mercator vs. Great Circle Charts
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 2001 Aug 29, 11:30 AM

    No wonder I've been having lane skip problems!  [g]
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
    Richard Langley writes:
     > On Wed, 29 Aug 2001, Richard B. Emerson wrote:
     > >Still in use???  I don't think so or you weren't seeing SATNAV.  The
     > >Transit satellites have been shut down.  I've lost track of the URL
     > >but I think NavCen had some pieces about pulling the plug on the
     > >satellites.  Anyway, the point is the satellites are silent.  Maybe
     > >you were seeing Omega or some other system?
     > Omega is gone too!
     > -- Richard Langley
     > >After the QE2 taking the bottom on a rock off Nantucket and a couple
     > >of similar groundings from blindly following the data on a nav
     > >console, any captain who doesn't wear suspenders, a belt, and a
     > >skyhook to keep his or her navigational pants up is asking for
     > >problems.  Your observation suggests at least one captain so
     > >equipped. [s]
     > >
     > >Rick
     > >S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35
     > >
     > >Young, Derrick writes:
     > > > Rick,
     > > >
     > > > I understand your comment about SATNAV - but I was on a cruise ship recently
     > > > and they still had the equipment and it was still in use.  Like many
     > > > mariners - we seem to keep the old stuff "just in case."  I still found
     > > > folks onboard that thought it was funny that the quartermaster was taking
     > > > dawn/noon and dusk shots with a sextant and then working out the position
     > > > (by hand!) to confirm what the position that the GPS and LORAN-C were
     > > > reporting.
     > > >
     > > > It felt good (to me) to see their accuracy was a bit better than mine (lots
     > > > more practice!).
     > > >
     > > > derrick
     > >
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     >  Richard B. Langley                            E-mail: lang@unb.ca
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