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Old 01-01-2012, 18:28   #61
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In the nuclear winter all the satellites will have fallen from the sky, you wont be able to see the stars, there will be no birds.

I am really getting anxious that I wont be able to navigate my 40 foot catamaran...
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In the nuclear winter all the satellites will have fallen from the sky, you wont be able to see the stars, there will be no birds.

I am really getting anxious that I wont be able to navigate my 40 foot catamaran...
what was that dolphin's name - Flipper

maybe a trained sea lion could be a solution

wonder if this would be considered low tech or high tech
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Ya would need a Sea Otter for that in Close Navagation !! A well trained one will guide ya right back to the Dock LOL ! even in the fog !! they mite be a little rough makein hand signals tho !! Bob and Connie
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Good for you delmarrey,I to am ageing,I made my first crossing to the Bahamas in a 25 ft Coranado no auto helm DR the whole way at the tiller under sail,had a sexton and a RDF
for back up,have all the toy's now,and still carry the sexton and RDF,going to school next month for a refresher course on navigation,as I lan on crossing the pond this summer,don't want to rely on gadgets.Keep up the Sprit,Safe Sailing to All
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I wonder how the likes of Magellan could sail around the world with his primitive instruments. Oh, wait a second. He never did make it out of the Pacific Ocean. At least his contemporary historian made it.
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Isn't it SOP to just follow jet trails between the U.S. mainland and the Hawaiian Islands?
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I wonder how the likes of Magellan could sail around the world with his primitive instruments. Oh, wait a second. He never did make it out of the Pacific Ocean. At least his contemporary historian made it.
Yeah! Some of my wife's family got pissed off at him.
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Yah, Delmarrey He had a heck of a time in the Marinas, and the PI Huh ? serves him right for claiming everything !! Bob and Connie
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Marianas SPL LOL B n C
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There are many places here where you can be 30 miles from shore and not have 10 metres of depth.
That wasn't my point. Pick an arbitrary depth (tough in Florida, sure), or something like a change in bottom type or even clouds over land...something that will give you a clue independent of a dead or wonky GPS.

It's the responsibility of the skipper to have a rough idea of his location at all times, anyway, if only to tell the rescuers where to start.
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Yeah! Some of my wife's family got pissed off at him.
We frequently meet folks from Mactan on cruises.

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Yah, Delmarrey He had a heck of a time in the Marinas, and the PI Huh ? serves him right for claiming everything !! Bob and Connie
It was another one of those religious things (still going on) that got'm in trouble. But if he had a GPS/chartplotter he would have known the waters were too shallow to get close enough to get in port.

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Our only immediate knowledge of Magellan's journey comes from the diary of the Italian Antonio Pigafetta. Antonio was not a member of the crew but an adventurous tourist who paid for his passage. In the following excerpt Antonio describes the death of Magellan on an island of the Philippines.

Searching for a way to control the native population after he leaves the island, Magellan persuades one of the local chiefs to convert to Christianity (referred to by Antonio as the "Christian King"). Magellan hopes to make this chieftain supreme over the remaining local tribes and loyal to the King of Spain. To bolster this chief's local supremacy, Magellan decides that a show of force, particularly the power of his muskets and cannon, against a neighboring tribe will impress the natives into submission.

Magellan orders an attack but miscalculates. He does not take into account that the reefs along the island's beach will not allow his ships to get into effective range for their cannon. As the battle is joined along the beach, the Spanish fire their muskets ineffectively from too far a distance despite Magellan's attempt to order his crew to cease-fire. Emboldened, the natives rush into the water flinging spears at the unprotected legs and feet of the Spanish. The crew abandons Magellan in panic and the Captain is soon overwhelmed:
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Antonio Pigafetta was a Supernumerary. I like the sound of that.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:08   #75
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A old River Rat told me a few years ago "it's a river you can't get lost" so far I have found this to be true;-)
Depends on the river. Did some river delta exploring as a kid. Got totally lost...
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