A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Hewitt Schlereth
Date: 2015 Feb 13, 12:12 -0800
On Feb 13, 2015, at 11:21 AM, David Barrie <NoReply_Barrie@fer3.com> wrote:
I've been following this discussion with interest. Of course it's still possible to imagine circumstances in which knowing how to use a sextant might save your life or at least your vessel, it's quite a stretch. Having practised celnav aboard yachts for 40-plus years, I think the strongest arguments for learning (and practising) it are: a) that relying entirely on electronic navigation aids can quickly turn us into dummies - helplessly dependent, mindless consumers of information, which is not only unhealthy it's no fun either; and b) celnav is fantastically rewarding. It's a real eye-opener: '...using a sextant to find our way puts us in the closest possible touch with the universe at its most sublime' - to quote my own book, 'Sextant'!