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    Re: Ocean swells for direction
    From: Renee Mattie
    Date: 2004 Feb 17, 15:06 -0500

    Keith Williams says
    > > Dr David Lewis gave details of traditional navigation
    > > in the Pacific in several books  ... the best way to
    > > sense swells is to stand up and let the swing of your
    > > testes tell you...
    
    Seriously -- can anyone report first-hand experience
    with this (so to speak) seat-of-the-pants method?
    Or quote a primary source?
    
    This is the first time I have ever come across a
    LITERAL claim that one must "have balls" to get
    the job done. As an aspiring navigator, should I be
    concerned about the lack of this valuable piece
    of navigational equipment? :-)
    
    Perhaps I'll do OK.  I came across this article:
    http://leahi.kcc.hawaii.edu/org/pvs/navigate/navigate.html
    stating that a Polynesian master navigator by the
    name of Mau claims he can sense the orientation of the
    canoe to the swells even while lying down inside a hull.
    
    
    Renee
    
    
    

       
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