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post #23 of Old 02-22-2010
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Just a note of thought: The pre-GPS Navigators use celestial until they sighted land and then used Coast Piloting... Yes! I've done this many times and never been confused as to my position.
GPS is a good tool for navigation as long as you back it up with other means. Now that Loran has been killed by the present administration. And the RDF Stations have been turned off years ago. That leaves you with only two options.
1. When far out to sea you use Celestial.
2. When Running along a coast, the ICW, or Rivers, bays and Sounds you use Coast piloting.
Remember Your GPS is only good until the batteries die.

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