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    Re: Whats in Your Sextant Box?
    From: Greg B
    Date: 2014 Feb 01, 12:13 -0500
    Alan,
         Yes, I have them all in my kit, so basic that I never thought to mention it.
    When I took my capt's classes they made us go out and get a fine-point
    mechanical (I got a 'Pentil 0.5 Techniclick II') , a combination pencil / ink eraser,
    and a full sized parallel rule; the instructor absolutely hated the smaller parallel rules
    and parallel gliders. I have since come to love the parallel glider. If you get a cheap one
    I would agree with the instructors opinion about them, but a few years ago I tried someones 14"
    Alvin (#296) and it is much easier to use on my boat, so I bought one for myself.
    Where everything fell apart for me was the "chart table" - a joke really; just a teak top on the ice box.
    I actually carry a full chart sized piece of 3/8" plywood that I put on top of the cabin table so I can
    have a real work space. The other thing I remember from that class was the instructor saying:
    "if he didn't see our nice new charts all marked up, he would mark them up for us" DR, plot, sight, plot,
    gps fix, plot, plot, plot. Having had some electronics fail while en-route I now thank him for that - it was good advice.
    ~Greg


    On 02/01/2014 10:38 AM, Alan S wrote:

    Greg:

    What you mentioned looks like a very good "drag-up kit, though you might consider adding he following items.

    Mechanical pencil (Pentil perhaps) and some leads.
    Paper and an eraser.

    None of the above would take up much space.

    Alan
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