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post #31 of Old 02-23-2010
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I have not been sailing that long,only a couple of years,the thing that i have learned so far is not to put 100% trust in any one kind of navigation.I have a chartplotter and an independant GPS,thats backed up with upto date coastal charts and a hand bearing compass and binos with integrated compass.

I have gone about 4nm miles off of shore and out of sight of land and i now find myself of wanting to sell my boat and buy a boat thats capable of Ocean passages.

I have deliberated on this and whilst i am of the opinion that GPS will not fail,there is a small possibility that it could,i.e Sun flare or lightening strike.So ive ordered a sextant and the accompanying literature to teach myself how to use it,even if i never use it in anger i want to have it as a back up.

I dont want to find myself in the middle of the Atlantic and relying on a GPS fix that i wrote down in my log some days ago and then getting blown off course by weather for a few days,the odds are small but they are there.
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