A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Sean C
Date: 2014 Aug 15, 00:54 -0700
My first reaction to the 1807 Bowditch method you cited was: "Don't Try This at Home."
After re-reading it, however, I think I will. It is probably simpler than it sounds.
My curiosity was piqued as well. I was utterly confounded by the description. But once I gathered my tools and tried what I believe is being described, it made sense. I understood the references to "compasses" and a "compass" well enough. What really confused me was the use of "nearest" and "greatest". Anyway, this method sort of reminds me of using a pair of triangles. I like it.