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    Silicon Sea navigation
    From: Dan Hogan
    Date: 2002 Sep 11, 06:37 -0700

    THE CRUISE OF THE SILICON SEA (RETURN, AGAIN)
    
    The Silicon Sea cruise is a series of navigation problems in the form of a
    circumnavigation. The navigation problems follow a route around the world
    (see below). archives for the navigation problems (Legs) are available for
    download at -- http://www.wa6pby.com/ -- under Silicon Sea file ssea.zip.
    
    Newbies, Oldbies, In-between-be's and anyone just plain interested, join
    in. The only requirement is PARTICIPATE. If you are new to navigation, ASK
    questions on the list. This is a learning exercise for all of us. This set
    of problems will start in April at the latest. The *tentative* schedule of
    posts will  be the the first and third wednesday of the month.
    
    This portion of the Silicon Sea cruise will start with Leg 83, approaching
    Hilo, HawaII. Final home port is San Pedro, CA.
    
    Obviously those doing their navigation the old fashioned way, working for
    it, will need a current Nautical Almanac and Sight Reduction method. The
    dates for Leg 83 will be with the (2001) Nautical Almanac. Leg 84 will
    require using the year 2002 Nautical Almanac. However, the problems can be
    worked with any computer navigation program or nav calculators.
    
    All cruise and navigation information will be lifted from the 1973 +/- DMA
    Pilot Charts, Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes, and any documents and
    charts available within the working group without incurring added expenses.
    This is a navigation exercise, not a simulated virtual voyage.
    
    THE ORIGINAL PLANNED ROUTE:
    Mallorca, Spain; Valleta, Malta; Port Said; Transit Gulf of Suez and
    Red Sea; Adan, Yeman; Maldive Islands; Cape Leeuwin, AU; Bass Strait, AU;
    Sydney Harbor, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Cape Horn, Rio de Janerio.
    
    FINAL ROUTE WAS:
    Barbados; Panama Canal; HawaII; San Pedro, CA (home port). Be aware this is
    the planned route, STUFF Happens.
    
    NAVIGATION TOOLS:
    I recommend a Navigation Log Book, aka. Spiral Binder, to keep track of your
    doings. Believe me it can't be done 100% on a computer.  A navigation
    reference text is recommended. Which ever text is issued by your local
    government is satisfactory. There are many commercial volumes as well.
    
    The minimum tools you will need:
    
        1) A pencil and ERASER.
        2) Something to draw straight lines with.
        3) Something to layout angles with.
        4) Something to use as a plotting sheet.
        5) Something to calculate trig. formulas with.
        6) A current Nautical Almanac for sight reductions and sun problems.
        7) A pair of dividers.
        8) A Sight Reduction method. (229, 211, spreadsheet, etc. or...
        9) For us lazy souls, a Computer or Calculator Navigation Program of
            your choice.
       10) Plotting Sheets or a piece of paper to make a plotting sheet.
    
    
    Anyone who thinks of something I missed post it to the list.
    
    Below is Dan Hogan's QED plotting for the financially under-privileged.
    Blatantly stolen from Self Contained Celestial Navigation with H.O. 208,
    John S. Letcher, 1977, International Marine, ISBN 0-87742-082-3.
    
    ****************
    
    Use lined paper, college ruled, Turn the paper 90d, so the lines are
    vertical. Ruled lines are used for longitude. Every sixth or twelfth line
    is darkened to represent a whole degree of longitude. (depending on the
    scale desired).
    
    Lines of latitude are added by construction, starting with the lowest
    latitude desired. Whole degrees are 60 miles.
    
    From your lowest Latitude line, at the most R/H longitude line, draw a line
    at an angle up from the Latitude of your lowest latitude line plus a 0.5d
    (i.e.:28.5d). For ten miles to each vertical line use 6 lines; for 5 miles
    to the line use 12 vertical lines. Where the angled line crosses your 6th
    and/or 12th line swing an arc until it touches your R/H vertical longitude
    line. This is the point of the next latitude line. Draw a line
    perpendicular to the longitude across the page. Repeat the process with
    each higher latitude (29.5d), etc.
    
    The bottom angle line, where it crosses the the intermediate vertical
    longitude lines, is the distance interval. 10 miles each line for 6 line
    spacing. 5 miles each line for 12 line spacing. This forms a handy scale
    of miles or minutes of latitude.
    
    The accuracy is within the tolerance of your #2 pencil point.
    
    
    Dan Hogan
    West Covina, CA
    Owner Navigation-L List
    dhhogan1---.net
    
    
    

       
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