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    Planning a blue water CN cruise/holiday
    From: Jim Thompson
    Date: 2004 Oct 21, 07:47 -0300

    I've got several GPS systems, and usually take one when I travel. But I
    should explain myself more clearly.  Perhaps others can suggest a receptive
    ship that I could contact for my project, or comment on my plan.
    (Doug, I just saw your post as I finished this message:  thanks for any tips
    you can give me about ships that might help out.)
    The exercise (= holiday) I have in mind is to purchase passage on a
    commercial ship as a passenger.  I would try to do all the navigation in the
    privacy of my own cabin, as if I did not have access to electronic devices.
    I only would ask the bridge officers for my height of eye, course and speed,
    times of course/speed changes, and weather information (particularly wind
    speed and direction).
    I would take my celestial sights from a convenient place that does not get
    in the way of the crew.  Then in my cabin I would try to maintain a DR plot,
    updated at sea by my celestial LOP's for EPs and fixes.  I would try to do a
    full "days work at sea", following the US Navy CN guidelines for that
    process, but following the Power & Sail Squadron's methods.  I would refer
    to the usual sources of information on currents, and try to work out leeway.
    I would take my own charts, plotting paper, and accessory books on the
    cruise, so that I could work as independantly as possible from the working
    bridge crew.  I would use digital watches that I calibrated on shore for
    several months prior to leaving on the trip.  I would take my laptop, so
    that I could use computer tools to check my handwork, as well as do other
    things (build a webpage of the experience, etc).
    At the end of the passage I would hope to sit down with a bridge officer, to
    retrospectively compare my plot with their actual positions.
    So I need a receptive ship, suggestions about the best geography for such a
    trip, and suggestions about the best time of year weather-wise, for optimum
    sextant-viewing.  I could fly anywhere to join the ship for a particular
    passage, if there is a way of planning it sufficiently ahead of time.
    Ideally we would like for my family to fly to the destination, to join me
    for a holiday when I arrive.
    I'm no stranger to shipboard life -- worked on a Coast Guard icebreaker and
    commercial fishing ships and boats in my younger years.
    Getting that much time of work is not easy, but with lead time hopefully I
    could find a way.
    Jim Thompson
    Outgoing mail scanned by Norton Antivirus
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Fred Hebard
    > You could take along a handheld GPS to keep your position, but an
    > excuse to check the ship's log should not be overlooked!
    > From: Royer, Doug
    > I'll do some checking in the next week and I'll contact you with
    > any info

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