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    Re: Role of CN at sea, was Re: Averaging sights ...
    From: Lisa Fiene
    Date: 2004 Oct 13, 08:18 +1000

    Sure, you're right in that you can't always get a sight, but it's a
    skill I definitely want to keep up.
    Interesting that you say you've never had a problem with the accuracy
    and reliability of GPS, as this has been my experience also.  That being
    said, I do know of yachties who've recently had to undergo nav. courses
    as they had experienced failure of their GPS at sea.
    Anyways, guess people could go on and on about this.  I just know I
    personally wouldn't leave home without my sextant on board.
    Herbert Prinz wrote:
    > I do not see how one can maintain this attitude in the face of reality. In my
    > admittedly very limited experience of ten thousand off shore miles over the last
    > ten years I have not ONCE been in a situation where GPS didn't work, but cel nav
    > would. In fact, I have not once been in a situation at sea where GPS didn't work.
    > Full stop. But I have REPEATEDLY been in situations where celestial was
    > unavailable for several days in a row and GPS was the only position finding tool
    > available. Conclusion: Celestial is not even a backup!
    > Herbert Prinz

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