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    Re: which would you choose?
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 1999 Aug 05, 1:27 AM

    Better than a dart on a world map, yes. If you can take sights well enough to do that, you
    are on a much larger boat than will be worrying about the price of 4 or 5 extra GPS
    receivers. We peons with 2-digit boat lengths don't get such steady conditions.
    Don't get me wrong. I like my sextant (at least the nice one. . . ). It stays on the boat. My
    wife and I both use it for fun, and to keep our skills, such as they are. But, to go offshore
    without redundant GPS these days is just silly. Going offshore without a sextant is a
    reasonable thing to do.
    On Thu, 5 Aug 1999 11:44:02 +1000, John K Simmonds wrote:
    >Not quite true, you can get a fairly good LOP with only a guess as to
    >the time (AM or PM and the date) if your prepared to spend the time and
    >given a moon sight and at least one star. Accuracy dependent on how good
    >your shot's are, but better than a dart :^)
    >Rodney Myrvaagnes wrote:
    >> Perhaps John's answer is straight because it
    >> oversimplifies. The sextant wo'nt be much help without a
    >> chronometer. If you are choosing to do without electronics,
    >> a mechanical chronometer good enough for navigation will
    >> cost the price of several GPS receivers.
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                   J36 Gjo/a
    Associate Editor           Electronic Products
    20+ years without a Car, a TV, or a website

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