NO! Some one beat me to the punch. The problem with marine
consignment stores is that I get greedy, waiting for the price to drop further. The day after my original post, I went in to buy it and it had been taken. But I have found that sextants are one of those items that show regularly at marine consignment stores; you can thank GPS
for that, and the fact the guy never learnt how to use it.
I have noticed that the older brass units have wear and tear on the numbers and it becomes hard to read them. Plus the price starts bizarrely high on the brass units; there are two older units in at the moment and the price started at $700 on one and $500 on the other, but they do look a tad ragged.
A story: My buddy is a Ferry Captain
. I asked him if he was trained on sextant use. He said sort of, but the instructor told the "officer wannabes" that the examiners were lazy and asked you to pick the sextant up out of the box; if you did it wrong then they threw real "how to use the sextant" questions at you. So the instructor spent hours showing his students how to pick the sextant up correctly; and drilled them on it - they all passed.
So I wait to pounce on another Mark 15 when it comes in. I don't want to pay too much as if the money gets to high, then I think I should be spending it on a back up (which I already have) GPS unit.
Now I'm waiting to pounce on a stainless steel CQR
which is bizarrely low in price. Of course at the marina, those around me will think I'm some kind of idiot with this shiny new stainless steel CQR
on an older Catalina
- but what to heck - if you can't make those around you have a good laugh, what's the point I say!
I have been dying to share this bit of humour with some one and since you were patient in your explanations of Sextants to me, here is one of my favourites. One of the great aspects of marine consignment stores is the great books
you can get on the cheap
. I just finished reading Sir Francis Chichester's "Gipsy Moth Circles the World." Sir Francis circled the world in 1966 - 67 and returned to a great welcome back in England
and was knighted by the Queen. When Sir Francis Chichester arrived in Sidney, he was hounded with many media questions, which he didn't feel like answering since he had been alone for such a while. Here is one of the responses, he never gave:
"A lot of the questions were tricky, metaphysical ones, which I thought rather stupid to fire at a man who had been alone for 100 days. After dealing for a long time with the basic facts of life, such as survival, one's values change completely as to what should, or should not be, taken seriously. To the question, 'When were your spirits at their lowest ebb?' the obvious answer seemed to be, 'When the gin gave out.' "