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    Re: Nautical Almanac Usage
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Oct 22, 17:06 -0500

    Could you state at least ONE reason for buying the
    Government vs commercial edition?
    I am just curious.
    On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Herbert Prinz wrote:
    > Marc and Fred,
    > Amazing. You guys must have special connections to Washington! Did you order
    > directly from the GPO? Admittedly, my "survey" is four days old. Last
    > Monday, the Almanac was not yet in the stores of the agents in Connecticut,
    > Rhode Island or Florida. I tried several ones. The commercial edition was
    > readily available, but the government edition was "expected to arrive soon",
    > without specific deadline. The explanation I got was that there was a
    > distribution problem at the GPO. So, I thought I didn't need to poll list
    > members individually for my little statistics.
    > At any rate, almanacs used to come out three years ahead of time. What
    > prevents the government from keeping up this practice? For a moment, let's
    > forget the small boaters on extended passages and circumnavigations, or
    > those who want to plan their next sailing vacation around a solar eclipse. I
    > wonder whether the navy uses the almanacs at all. How are they distributed
    > at the last moment to all the deployed navy ships?
    > Of course, it could be that the navy already has their copies and the
    > government only blocks distribution to the general public in the interest of
    > homeland security. As we all know, terrorists are nowadays the number one
    > beneficiaries of almanacs.
    > Herbert Prinz

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