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    Sextants
    From: Barry Hudson
    Date: 2002 Jun 13, 16:07 -0700

    I own two, one 1942 Husan, the other Frieberger. I use them for passing out
    students in the practical sextant unit for Marine Safety Astro. I have on a
    number of occasions taken them out on the Straits of Georgia to get a sun
    sight so that they will have some idea of the practical application. They
    are quite pleased to see their P/L at the end. For students living within
    easy reach I offer this. As for the sale of sextants I know of a person in
    Campbell River with a Tamaya for sale at a price I consider a steal but no
    takers. I know of quite a few deep sea ships where the Captain requires at
    least one sight per day from all officers and stars/planets in the morning
    and evening . Two sextants were in a conspicuous place on the bridge on the
    last ship I visited.
    So commercially the sextant is still alive however in the yachting industry
    there is little interest except for a small number of the more
    intellectually inclined. The majority carry a number of GPS's they seem to
    have complete faith, in spite of the recommendations by experienced sailors
    to always have a sextant , reliable time piece and tables at least as a
    backup.
    
    Barrie Hudson
    International Navigation School
    3794 Meredith Dr.
    Royston, B.C.
    VOR 2V0
    Canada.
    Phone: 250 703 0364
    Fax: 250 703 0348
    www.learntonavigate.com
    
    
    

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