I have a sextant with all intentions of learning
, but in class it just kept going over my head
. When I would raise my hand the instructor would say.....DON'T WORRY WE WILL GET TO THAT. I sailed out of the bay before she had a chance to get to it......
I began to run a DR as soon as I left S.F., and all the way to Mexico
I was always close to my GPS
fix. I had wind
, and current
with me so there was no drift. It was a good lesson though, and I continued to practice it.
Years later while in the Fl. Keys with my wife. We were moving from one side of the island to the other. Weather
was coming, and we didn't want to be on a lee shore anchored. While passing between the 2 islands the GPS quit recieving. The alarm
went off, and so did my wife
. She thought the sky was falling. It began to rain, and vision was limited, and at times just past the bow was all that could be seen.
We could have cut a corner short, but that brings us close to thin water
. I did a little time, and speed to get distance. Added a little more to be sure I was clear, and then turned the boat. I put a little more math to our problem, and finally said we will anchor
here. The depth
was correct for my calculations. Dropped the hook, and settled in for dinner. Before dinner was served the sky cleared, and the GPS got it's fix. We were almost sitting on top of our intended spot for anchoring
. It took us a little over an hour with a 120* turn thrown in to drop the hook.
Over dinner we had a small discussion about DS&T. I should have kept it a secret, because up until I explained DS&T she thought I was a genius. The plotter gave us our last known position, and time. What is that 3rd, or 4th grade math?...LOLOLOLOLOLOL