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    Re: Wanted NEW Nav-L List Owner
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2006 May 13, 14:05 +1000

    > From: Dan Hogan
    > Due to personal reasons I find I do not have the time to spend monitoring
    > the Nav-L list.
    > So I am asking for someone to take over ownership and operation of the
    > list. This includes the Web page.
    > If there are no volunteers, THE LIST WILL STOP on 5/31/2006.
    I hope this Nav-L goes on much as it has, regardless of what that NavList
    crowd (of which I am one) get up to. Already it seems to me that the two
    lists are developing slightly different personalities. Having both lists on
    the go has potential to be positive.
    So I hope somebody takes up this up. GregR, and/or anyone else. Perhaps one
    of our regular posters who have been recently saying how important it is
    that this list should continue in its present form - and that is quite a few
    of you.
    An opportunity to put; if not your money, then certainly some of your time
    where your mouth is. Apparently many of us would have the skills necessary,
    and some of us seem to have a lot of time on our hands. Even if the skills
    part is a bit of an ask, it seems that GregR is at least ready to help with
    this side of it.
    So this crisis also represents an opportunity to ensure that what you say
    you want actually happens. Perhaps, if GregR feels overwhelmed at the
    single-handed task, a collaborative role volunteered soon will make the
    difference as to whether the list survives or not.
    Its true that Dan Hogan has a light touch on the tiller, and it could be
    that the great success of this list is due in some part to this. Discussions
    went where they went, and it was always one of the posters who reminded, in
    most cases, themselves to get back to nav. Never Dan: his silence has been
    golden and very effective. Its been a prolific forum and a great learning
    experience. I wouldn't make too much of the few glitches, their effect has
    been trivial.
    Thanks to Dan and everyone else involved for the 'Silicon Sea' series, which
    deserves a wider audience. Specifically it would make a wonderful learning
    resource for nav schools, but should, perhaps, be made available in book
    The unique charm of 'Silicon Sea' is that the navigator gets to cruise the
    world along the way; influenced by the currents, buffeted by the weather,
    struggling through the Red Sea (I remember struggling with nav in the Red
    Sea). Other legs are less eventful; halcyon days. I was impressed as we
    rounded Tasmania and sailed up the east coast towards Port Jackson how
    accurately and how typically weather and conditions were depicted. The
    'Silicon Sea' is quite a work of art.
    These days it is both feasible and relatively in-expensive to publish books
    in short runs - you can do a lot of the publishing work yourself. Boat-book
    shops here, and in the UK and the USA, are full of books that have a lot
    less to offer. The fact that all those books are there, and regularly
    refreshed, proves that there is a market albeit small for them. At the risk
    of straying off-topic myself, there is quite a healthy market in the UK in
    particular for magazines and books about sailing. The racks devoted to nav
    sell as well as the others, it seems.
    So good on yer Dan, and good luck.

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