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    Re: from a watcher
    From: Dave Weilacher
    Date: 2002 Oct 23, 08:12 -0400

    Read a book called "Survive the Savage Sea".  It is a story of a family
    whose sailboat was attacked by whales.  The boat sank within 2 minutes.
    They took to a liferaft and dinghy.  It doesn't go into the details of
    navigation nearly as deeply as I would have liked but the man's navigation
    skills and understanding of his environment were obviously prolific.
    The underlying concept of virtually every survival course is to place you
    in a hostile environment with nothing but your knowledge and skill.  (And,
    oh yeah, your forms to tell you what to do next).
    I use forms all the time and have no real argument against them.  However,
    I'm not sure why anyone would argue against becoming proficient enough to
    do without.
    > [Original Message]
    > From: Cliff Sojourner 
    > To: 
     > Date: 10/23/2002 12:35:13 AM
    > Subject: Re: from a watcher
    > Mike,
    > > I look at these tables as part of a convenient "lifeboat kit". I.e.
    > > the minimal kit you'd need to do lifeboat navigation? They do require a
    > lot
    > > of steps but the tables are very compact. That's the trade off I guess.
    > this gave me a laugh, isn't lifeboat navigation an oxymoron?  how does one
    > navigate a typical liferaft (inflatable, water ballast, parachute anchor
    > too)?  sorry never mind if you meant one of those big orange 20-man
    > lifeboats for ships.
    > nice postscript sight reduction form, thanks for sharing
    > Cliff
    --- David Weilacher
    --- U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain OUPV-889968
    -- ASA certified Sailing and Celestial Navigation Instructor #990800
    -- IBM AS400 RPG Contract Programmer #1

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