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    Re: Opinions on Starpath courses
    From: Tom Sult
    Date: 2014 Oct 04, 10:29 -0500
    It seems to me that the real question is how much room do you need and how many hands do you have. A self tending Genoa and all lines leading to the cockpit on a 50 may be easer to fail (auto correct may be right but I meant sail) than a 25 with all traditional/manual gear. On the other hand there is nothing like an automated boat with a malfunction to make your day ; )

    Wiley Post once said about flying - the only time you have too much fuel is when your on fire. The sailing equivalent might be - the only time you have too much boat is when you can't handle it. 

    As to CN. I'm a pragmatist. Others here will be able to tell you how to solve any number of convoluted problems. My CN is generally a series of sun sights with advanced lines, because I worry about all three of my GPS going down at the same time (really) or both GPS and GLONASS going down at the same time (really) I practice AM and PM star rounds occasionally.  Just in case one or both failures happen just at land fall (really). 

    The real issue with CN is using the sextant and knowing your reduction method. Nothing like testing your sights against a GPS as your teacher. The book Celestial navigation in the GPS age will get you up to speed with most any practical navigation problem. Practice short dip at a local lake or use an AH if a true horizon is not available. Get comfortable and confident with adjusting your sextant and bringing your target to the horizon and be confident in the steps of your reduction method. 

    My devalued 2 cents. 

    Tom Sult
    Sent from my iPhone

    On Oct 4, 2014, at 04:11, Rommel John Miller <NoReply_Miller@fer3.com> wrote:


    I am thinking about taking the Starpath Course on Celestial Navigation.

    If Mr. Burch is lurking out there on this list, can he advise? 

    Or does anyone have a take or word to share whether it is worth the while to invest the $279.00 for home study, or would I do better with a local in-person school like the Maryland School of Sailing in Rock Hall, MD?

    I am planning to make an attempt to purchase a IPY at this year's boat show in Annapolis.  If anyone has an opion of the IPY 360 to 465 I would appreciate hearing. 



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