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    Re: Sextant Repairs
    From: Joel Jacobs
    Date: 2004 Aug 1, 07:32 -0400

    I haven't got the time to spend on making sextant repairs, but if anyone has
    the need for Tamaya or C. Plath parts they are welcome to check with me.  I
    might be able to come up with something. Some of these parts such as a
    filter housing, with filters, may be drilled and tapped to fit other makes.
    The same for legs.  Unless you're a purist, $75.00 U.S. plus shipping is a
    bit steep for each filter for most of us.
    
    SEXTANT DAMAGE:  I made a very fancy "rope work" lanyard like those used
    with a bo'sun pipe, which I wore around my neck attached to my sextant. In
    all the years at sea on small craft where the forces can be extreme , I
    never had any damage. I suggest others might find this useful. I can send a
    picture of one attached to a bo'sun pipe to those interested.
    
    ATB,
    
    Joel Jacobs
    
    
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Robert Gainer" 
    To: 
    Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 6:52 PM
    Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    
    
    > In the time that I have been cruising, I have had to resilver the mirrors
    > once. Replace a leg on both the Freiberger and the Cassens & Plath, once
    on
    > each. I had a friend make a mirror adjusting screw and the mirror-locating
    > pin for a Heath that I have. I just sent the horizon filter assembly back
    to
    > Cassens & Plath to have a filter replaced (60 euro per glass). The only
    > sextant that I own that has not had some work done on it is my Brandis. If
    > you sail long enough or far enough in a small boat you will need to
    replace
    > the light assembles or a leg on your sextant, it will happen. The price of
    > the parts is not the issue. I don't think that if the cost of the leg were
    > double it would make any difference. You only buy the part once in 30
    years.
    > Add to this the leg only cost 25 dollars, if it were twice as much so
    what.
    > But if you can't get the part when you need it, now that's a problem. I
    > would hate to throw away the Plath because the filter was not available.
    > Before I bought any thing like a sextant you can be sure that I would find
    > out who is going to service it and if they can they give me some assurance
    > on the availability of parts. If the sextant is damaged so much that you
    > need the help of a repair shop, then I think its time to shop for a
    > replacement. If the frame were bent, I would not have it repaired. My
    office
    > is in need of some decorations anyway.
    > All the best,
    > Robert Gainer
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >From: Joel Jacobs 
    > >Reply-To: Navigation Mailing List 
    > >To: NAVIGATION-L{at}LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM
    > >Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    > >Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 16:58:23 -0400
    > >
    > >Courtney,
    > >
    > >Sextants that are in use, barring being dropped, shouldn't require much,
    if
    > >any service. The most that needs be done would be to replace mirrors or
    > >maybe fix the illumination on C. Plaths which is a weak point. You can
    > >always have a Plath or Tamaya mirror notched, using a grinding wheel to
    > >replace a SNO-T horizon mirror.
    > >
    > >Joel Jacobs
    > >
    > >
    > >----- Original Message -----
    > >From: "Courtney Thomas" 
    > >To: 
    > >Sent: Saturday, July 31, 2004 1:19 PM
    > >Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    > >
    > >
    > > > Joel,
    > > >
    > > > What is the situation regarding service/repair of the CHO sextants ?
    > > >
    > > > If unavailable, I'd guess the Freiberger, though real high, is at
    least
    > > > available.
    > > >
    > > > Cordially,
    > > >
    > > > Courtney
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Joel Jacobs wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > Good call Renee,
    > > > >
    > > > > The Alexey I was speaking of is at this site.
    www.antiques-marine.com
    > > > >
    > > > > Yuri as below, as you've read has a reputation of faithful dealing,
    > >but
    > >I
    > > > > 've no personal experience with him.
    > > > >
    > > > > Rene, the parts of the Freiberger and SNO-T are not interchangeable.
    > >The
    > > > > cost of Freiberger parts in this country is quite high. Check with
    > >Claussen
    > > > > Instruments. The owner, Wayne handles sextants personally.
    > > > >
    > > > > IMO, a good clean SNO-T should sell for close to $375-$400.00 with a
    4
    > >x
    > >40
    > > > > or 3.5 x 40 scope in the U.S.  They're worth less than half that
    with
    > >a
    > >7 x
    > > > > scope. If it has two scopes don't add much for the high powered one.
    > >So,
    > >you
    > > > > really need to know the scope situation before you can evaluate the
    > > > > attractiveness of a Russian sextant. And then don't forget the
    > >mirrors.
    > > > > Sextant mirrors are horrendously expensive.
    > > > >
    > > > > BTW, Mauri had a NEW SNO-T on his site for close to $400.00 which is
    > >quite
    > > > > high considering the shipping. Everyone knows that in the Cyrillic
    > >alphabet
    > > > > that S and T are the same?
    > > > >
    > > > > A good clean Freiberger should bring from $375-$450, so I personally
    > >don't
    > > > > see much difference between them price wise.
    > > > >
    > > > > Sextants that are in use, barring being dropped, shouldn't require
    > >much
    > >if
    > > > > any service. The most that needs be done would be to replace mirrors
    > >or
    > > > > maybe fix the illumination on C. Plaths which is a weak point. You
    can
    > > > > always have a Plath or Tamaya mirror notched to replace a SNO-T
    > >horizon
    > > > > mirror.
    > > > >
    > > > > Joel Jacobs
    > > > >
    > > > > ----- Original Message -----
    > > > > From: "Renee Mattie" 
    > > > > To: 
    > > > > Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 11:57 AM
    > > > > Subject: Re: Soviet Sextants!
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >>From: Renee Mattie [mailto:reneemattie---.com]
    > > > >>Sent: Friday, July 30, 2004 9:59 AM
    > > > >>To: 'Navigation Mailing List'
    > > > >>Subject: RE: [NAV-L] Soviet Sextants!
    > > > >>
    > > > >>Joel Jacobs said:
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>I am pasting a representative copy of one of my Russian ebay
    sextant
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>listings which
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>discusses the advantages of the Russian SNO-T sextant in
    particular,
    > > > >>>and
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>in general. If
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>the seller is "ALEXEY" and I think it is, I have dealt with him a
    > > > >>>couple
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>of times, and
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>he is totally trustworthy.
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>The seller gives contact information of:
    > > > >>Yuri Margorsky: maur{at}online.kharkiv.com
    > > > >>
    > > > >>I don't know if he has any relation to the Alexey you speak of.
    > > > >>
    > > > >>I have a question though:
    > > > >>
    > > > >>Robert Gainer said:
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>Because you can buy the Freiberger for within a few dollars of the
    > > > >>>Soviet
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>one, what are
    > > > >>
    > > > >>>you gaining? It's easier to get parts or have the Freiberger
    serviced
    > > > >>>and
    > > > >>>
    > > > >>I would feel > more comfortable with it, if for that reason and
    > >nothing
    > > > >>else.
    > > > >>
    > > > >>I know the SNO-T is based closely on the Freiberger.  Can it not use
    > >the
    > > > >>same parts?
    > > > >>Would it be more difficult to get parts and services for the SNO-T?
    > > > >>In general, the Freiberger price of a Freiberger on Ebay is at least
    > >20%
    > > > >>higher than that for a SNO-T.  I am surprised to see maurnavy
    selling
    > >one
    > > > >>for LESS than the SNO-T.  The pictured Freibuger looks perfect
    (though
    > > > >>
    > > > > there
    > > > >
    > > > >>are no closeups of any of the parts).  The only visible difference
    is
    > >that
    > > > >>it has only one scope.
    > > > >>
    > > > >>Renee
    > > > >>
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > s/v Mutiny
    > > > Rhodes Bounty II
    > > > lying Oriental, NC
    > > > WDB5619
    >
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