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    Re: Sextant sales; was: Role of CN at sea, was Re: Averaging sights ...
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2004 Oct 14, 18:43 -0500

    > where did you get these numbers from??
    > Is this only Celestaire sales or you somehow
    > managed to find out the global sales??
    > (I understand that there are commercial secrets.
    > But are these the numbers of ONE DEALER?
    > Or the US? Or of something else).
    > The Russians (Soviets) are apparently out of business.
    I did not ask my source(s) for permission to quote them.
    As stated, my question was an estimate of current annual world-wide sales of
    all manufacturer's sextants.  Short of the sources names, you have exactly
    the information I was provided with.
    Sorry, but I can't tell you what I don't know.  I can only guess, noting
    that Celestaire does not sell Frieberger, and their catalog states 16,000
    Astras in 17 years (so less than the current 1500 units stated, but that
    average could be skewed) that this is an "estimate" of all dealers sales.
    Nonetheless, thousands ;-)
    > (It's hard to believe that Tamaya sells only
    > 30 sextants per year. This would not compensate
    > their expenses to produce them.)

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