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    Fwd: [Sextants] Capt. Simonsen, Coast Navigation - Its Final Chapter
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2006 Feb 3, 09:11 -0500

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    > From: joel-jacobs@att.net
    > Date: February 3, 2006 6:16:44 AM EST
    > To: Sextants@yahoogroups.com
    > Subject: [Sextants] CAPT. SIMONSEN, COAST NAVIGATION - ITS FINAL
    > CHAPTER
    > Reply-To: Sextants@yahoogroups.com
    >
    > Hello,
    >
    > I am using the Sextant Group as a proxy to reach the NAVLIST since
    > my two messages sent over the last two days have not gotten
    > through. This is in response to Ken Gebhart's post.
    >
    > Joel Jacobs
    >
    > Hello Ken,
    >
    > I  am sorry I missed the article to which Ken referred. What I can
    > add is this.
    >
    > Jim Tyndall went to work for Simonsen - my guess Ca 1975 - after
    > the captain had his success and was an established business.
    > Tyndall, after running California based Coast Navigation School as
    > general manager, for a number of years, bought Simonsen out, and
    > moved the company to Annapolis, MD.  In Annapolis, Jim had met the
    > general manager of Weems & Plath, Carol, during one of the boat
    > shows and they married. The marriage may have been the impetus for
    > the move East. Carol, shortly thereafter went to work for CNS whose
    > business was being directed more and more into marine hardware and
    > not the school.
    >
    > By coincidence, Coast Navigation, the school had been dropped from
    > the name, bought the assets of our Nautech Maritime Corporation
    > sometime in the middle of 1978. I can vividly recall, Jim and Carol
    > driving to Chicago in a large size U-Haul truck to conclude the
    > transaction and pick-up the inventory.
    >
    > I was much relieved because this was at the very time that
    > commercially priced SAT NAV were first being offered to the general
    > public. I anticipated a rather dramatic turndown in the CELNAV
    > business.  This tended to prove true and the Nautech acquisition
    > was not of much benefit to CN who shortly thereafter became a full
    > line dealer of boating equipment with a specialty in marine
    > electronics. They finally were forced to close up shop sometime in
    > the mid to late 1990's and Tyndall went to work for ICOM in I think
    > Seattle. We lost track of the Tydall's after their move West.
    >
    > Bacon & Associates, to which Ken referred, is a used sail and
    > equipment dealer in Annapolis. They likely came into the picture as
    > part of the liquidation of CN's inventory which happened as part of
    > the shut down.
    >
    > Ken Gebhart has proven you still can do well in s shrinking market
    > if  you have the "Right Stuff".
    >
    > Joel Jacobs
    >
    > --
    > Visit our website
    > http://www.landandseacollection.com
    >
    >
    > -------------- Original message from joel-jacobs@att.net:
    > --------------
    >
    > Samudura,
    >
    > Sorry for the delayed response.
    >
    > Here are some measurements from the smallest Tamaya I ever came
    > across. They are compared to the Venus, MS 933. I bought and sold
    > it last year. The Venus was also referred to as a Yachtsman.
    >
    > The dimensions differ as follows:
    >
    > Index Mirror:     BABY rectangular, 37 x 20 mm
    >                             VENUS, rectangular, 45 x 30 mm
    > Horizon Mirror: BABY, rectangular, 35 x 22 mm
    >                              VENUS, circular, 45mm diameter
    > Weight:
    > BABY   1.43 lbs, 3.62 lbs in case     VENUS 5.2 lbs in case  2.64 lbs,
    >
    >
    >
    > The Tamaya certificate did say BABY. I never heard of one before.
    > Sounds like your VEGA may be a BABY.
    >
    >
    >
    > In our 1978 Nautech catalog, we had the Capella which was a
    > standard sextant, but with polarizing filters.  In the middle of
    > 1978, I sold Nautech to Coast Navigation, and went to sea for some
    > relaxation. Came back to the U.S. in 1986, but didn't get involved
    > with sextants again, other than as a user until 2003. Whatever
    > Tamya models came out after 1978 that did not make it to the U.S.,
    > I haven't heard of or seen.
    >
    >
    >
    > If you posted pictures of those other names, it would be helpful
    > and interesting.
    >
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    >
    >
    > Joel
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Visit our website
    > http://www.landandseacollection.com
    >
    >
    > -------------- Original message from "Samudra Sarubin"
    > : --------------
    >
    >
    > > Hi Joel,
    > >
    > > Thanks for your info. The arc radius of my Vega is about 5
    > inches, its
    > > quite a small sextant compared to the Kelvin Hughes we have at
    > work (a
    > > surveying company). I will weigh it when I next have a chance to use
    > > some accurate scales.
    > >
    > > I did some more searching in the attic and found an old accompanying
    > > brochure, in colour and on glossy paper. It is titled TAMAYA and
    > > Yachtsman's Sextants. Otherwise, it is almost entirely in Japanese,
    > > but there are four photos of different models, subtitled in English;
    > > Yachtsman-Vega, Yachtsman-Gemini, Yachtsman-Regulus I and
    > > Yachtsman-Capella I.
    > > I can scan it if there are any Tamaya enthusiasts out there who are
    > > interested.
    > >
    > > Has anyone heard of or used these models? My normally faithful
    > Google
    > > had failed me in turning up any info.
    > >
    > > The mirrors on my Vega are rectangular 21mm x 35mm. That equates to
    > > approx 0.83inch x 1.4inch.
    > >
    > > Little wonder there are so many sextant enthusiasts out there, this
    > > wonderful little machine has me intrigued after only a week of
    > playing
    > > with it!
    > >
    > > Cheers,
    > >
    > > Samudra
    > > Perth, Western Australia
    > >
    > >
    > > --- In Sextants@yahoogroups.com, joel-jacobs@a... wrote:
    > > >
    > > > Hello,
    > > >
    > > > Tamaya only made useable instruments. Yours may be the same as the
    > > MS 933 Venus. If you provide mirror sizes and weight, I could be
    > > certain. The radius of the Venus arc is 6.5".
    > > >
    > > > Joel Jacobs.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Visit our website
    > > > http://www.landandseacollection.com
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > -------------- Original message from "Samudra Sarubin"
    > > : --------------
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > > Hi all,
    > > > >
    > > > > I have found an old sextant in the house, which my father
    > bought in
    > > > > the 70's. He used to do a lot of sailing in the East Asia
    > area back
    > > > > then, but I don't know how much he used itm if at all.
    > > > >
    > > > > Inside the box there is a piece of paper that reads (line for
    > line):
    > > > > TAMAYA
    > > > > Inspection Certificate
    > > > > Micrometer Marine Sextant
    > > > > Model: VEGA w/ill
    > > > > Serial number: 77309
    > > > > Telescope 3X
    > > > > (error table)
    > > > > Tokyo July 18, 1977
    > > > > (followed by Tamaya's address in Tokyo)
    > > > >
    > > > > I was wondering if anyone can tell me more about the VEGA
    > model. On
    > > > > Google all I could find is info on Tamaya SPICA and JUPITER
    > models.
    > > > > The instrument is smaller than most other sextants I have
    > seen on
    > > > > display shelves. To give you an idea of scale, the length of the
    > > > > handle grip is 125mm or 5 inches and the chord length of the
    > brass
    > > > > graduated reading arc is 175mm or 7 inches.
    > > > > It appears to be made of aluminium and brass.
    > > > >
    > > > > I am a surveying student and this year I will be learning
    > celestial
    > > > > navigation/surveying, mostly with a theodolite (I have one of
    > those
    > > > > too, a Sokkisha TM-1A, my pride and joy!).
    > > > > I was wondering if this is a high quality enough sextant for
    > that
    > > > > purpose or it it one of those 'ornamental use only' things? I
    > see
    > > some
    > > > > cheap new brass sextants on eBay, I'm guessing they belong in
    > a glass
    > > > > case at home rather than the bridge of a vessel.
    > > > >
    > > > > Any info would be appreciated.
    > > > >
    > > > > Thanks,
    > > > >
    > > > > Samudra
    > > > > Perth, Western Australia
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >
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