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post #31 of Old 05-04-2012
Capt Len
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Re: Dead Reckoning

For Casy and anyone else curious .My experience in the Arctic was sure different from temperate cruising. but no big deal.I could sometimes get a RACON fix ,good for 25 miles out but usually only one at a time. I was rarely more than 30 miles offshore and could get a sloppy Rf fix on CBC Inuvik. or a radar on a drill ship.I had most of them marked on the chart When rough, the compass just went round and round so steering relative to the waves worked pretty well as long as the wind was known and steady.Winds long ways away could cause surface currents of 3 it could get interesting. The ice was a different twist were sunny midnights and moon rise over the pole come fall.As the nights got longer and darker guessing whether the approaching white thing is ice or breaking wave over the windshield became great fun on longer trips.
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