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    Re: Question about navigating......
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2004 Mar 3, 10:44 -0800

    Except for two special cases I think not.
    Those would be if you knew you formed a right angle from your boat to one tower then the other.
    ...or if you knew you were equi-distant from both of them.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Rene Schmidt 
    Sent: Mar 3, 2004 10:18 AM
    Subject: Question about navigating......
    Good Morning,
    I am a new member to this list. Some sailing friends
    of mine have a little bet that I am hoping some
    super-navigator can help answer.
    We are sailing and see two lighthouses in the
    distance. The distance between the two are known (for
    example 2 kilometers). We have a compass and we can
    take a reading of the 2 lighthouses (for example 20
    degrees off of magnetic north for one, and 50 degrees
    off of magnetic north for the other).
    This would be simple to plot to get a position on a
    map. The question is: is this a mathematically
    solveable problem?
    If so, what is the formula?
    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Rene Schmidt
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