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View Poll Results: Blue Water- is a Sextant Necessary?
Absolutely essential 24 18.90%
Desirable, but not essential 52 40.94%
Good fun, but little practical use these days 39 30.71%
Don't waste your money and time on this 11 8.66%
Sextants make excellent dingy anchors. 3 2.36%
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:01   #76
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simply do not have a clue

When 90% of the people taking this poll respond in a positive nature to sextants, I am absolutely positive that the vast majority of the poll responders are either:
  1. Answering out of ignorance,
  2. Giving the answer they think they should give,
  3. Or simply do not have a clue.
Think about this. Things change. We do not keep an ox-cart in our garage anymore. And, BTW, there is a civilian GPS system and a Military GPS system. The civilian GPS system has high priorities other than just us...encrypt it...doubtful!

We are 3/4ths complete on our circumnavigation and have met 1 boat with a sextant...nobody knew how to use it...but they had the books, just in case. If anyone is in need of a sextant, don't you think circumnavigators are?

I hope this will help some newbees out there thinking about casting the mooring lines.

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Old 01-11-2012, 08:06   #77
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

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I wonder in which direction the sun rises and sets in? Does it change? If I were to lose my GPS and were to just follow the sun what would happen?
You would sail in a circle.
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

If you follow the sun you will fall off the edge of the world. Every fool knows the world is flat
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

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You would sail in a circle.
would probably need to get some wheels for the boat first
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

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I would suggest that you make a chalk mark (or similar) at the bow of your boat sometime when you know you are sailing due north.

That way, if all your GPS's and compasses do a tube job and quit on you - you'll always know which way is north!

I mean - how hard can it be?

jus' sayin'

time to put some proven technology on the boat, like a sun dial
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:21   #81
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

Thought wheels were standard equipment on Hunters???
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Thought wheels were standard equipment on Hunters???

Just training wheels not good proper "brown ground" ones! They are just for appearances that apeal to dirt dwellers.
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

Necessary? No.

Advisable? Yes: a simple, cheap, reliable, and robust navigation system completely independent of outside influences. Of course, one could modify a bucket to serve the same purpose. Good things, buckets.
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Re: simply do not have a clue

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When 90% of the people taking this poll respond in a positive nature to sextants, I am absolutely positive that the vast majority of the poll responders are either:
  1. Answering out of ignorance,
  2. Giving the answer they think they should give,
  3. Or simply do not have a clue.
I have one onboard, I am not ignorant, but I do enjoy playing with it and find it satisfying when I can locate myself without electronics. My sextant is not expensive nor fancy. It's plastic and functional. I cheat and use the GPS for time.
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

I've carried a sextant on all my boats, usually do a mid morning and mid afternoon sight on transits to keep a running fix going. This gives me something interesting to do during the day, keeps me in practice and quiets the little voice in my head that reminds me that electronics and salt water don't mix.
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Re: simply do not have a clue

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When 90% of the people taking this poll respond in a positive nature to sextants, I am absolutely positive that the vast majority of the poll responders are either:
  1. Answering out of ignorance,
  2. Giving the answer they think they should give,
  3. Or simply do not have a clue.
Think about this. Things change. We do not keep an ox-cart in our garage anymore. And, BTW, there is a civilian GPS system and a Military GPS system. The civilian GPS system has high priorities other than just us...encrypt it...doubtful!

We are 3/4ths complete on our circumnavigation and have met 1 boat with a sextant...nobody knew how to use it...but they had the books, just in case. If anyone is in need of a sextant, don't you think circumnavigators are?

I hope this will help some newbees out there thinking about casting the mooring lines.

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So you think we are either lemmings or stupid?
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So you think we are either lemmings or stupid?
SVBEBE has also indirectly called my dinghy a toy as it's not a 15hp 12' RIB. So, par for the course.
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

Without having any empirical dat, I suspect that the cruisers who own/use a sextant are ocean crossers, the ones that don't are coastal cruising (I include the carabbien as coastal).

You can now all tell me I'm wrong
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

if you still need one of those sex-things, be sure to carry an Astrolabe as backup!
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Re: Poll-Blue water. Is a Sextant Necessary?

Don't you mean Astro-babe?
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