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post #59 of Old 05-08-2013
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Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

To all the detractors keep in mind that when he did it there was no GPS for civilians, SATNAV was rare and LORAN was not worldwide.

So when he did it without a compass or a sextant he was not giving up all the geewhiz stuff that we have today.

The compass and the sextant would have been his backup unless he had the money for an expensive SATNAV.

Hard not to see what an amazing accomplishment it was.

I wonder how many who are knocking this guy have gone offshore even for just a couple of thousand miles with just a sextant, watch and compass? If you havenít then maybe you canít appreciate what he did without even those.
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