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    Re: Plastic sextants and prejudice. was: GPS shortcomings.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Jun 10, 07:16 +1000

    From George, with claws showing ever so slightly:
    >
    > I don't pretend that such sextants are perfect, and we have discussed some
    > defects more than once on this list. But Peter Fogg's comments read more
    > as
    > a rehearsal of prejudice than a reasoned evaluation.
    >
    There was no claim to a "reasoned evaluation", just a report of my limited
    experience, given somewhat reluctantly after being specifically asked. Yes,
    it was a Davis, I don't know which model - grey with a solid arc of plastic.
    I'm prejudiced about very little and certainly not sextants - the doors of
    my mind are blocked eternally wide open!
    
    However, what I've just read here inspires even less confidence; it all runs
    too much along the lines of: ' yes, they may have this and that and the
    other shortcomings, but they're really not so terrible after all; given
    this, that, and the other caveats'.
    
    Much too defensive. Nevertheless, I'm not really all that into sextants as
    such, and think it entirely appropriate that each navigator choose his own
    instrument after careful reflection.
    
    If I needed a hammer I would probably buy the cheapest on offer, why pay
    more? If a carpenter chooses a hammer it is done with considerably more
    care, and he may pay several hundreds of dollars. It makes sense from his
    point of view; such things as the balance and the composition of the steel
    are very important to him - just as a crude blunt instrument is all I need
    from the same tool.
    
    
    

       
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