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However, for coastal cruising in the PNW, piloting skills are a must.
Totally agree. I don't expect to ever resort to CN in our local waters. If I really didn't know where I was, landmarks, bottom contours, and other sources of information from coastal piloting are much more useful and timely.
However, I would like to cruise some day in places where CN skills make sense, so I might as well practice now.
While I remain fascinated by celestial navigation, it is usually too cloudy here in the rain forest.
I've been surprised at how often I could get good sights. The right combination of filters often punches through clouds that obscure or blur the sun to the naked eye. Overcast, rainy skies are basically hopeless, but if the sky has patches of bright cloud and dark cloud, the bright spots are often transparent under filters and a crisp solar disc can be seen through them.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27