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post #12 of Old 06-05-2012
sneuman
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Re: Where's Your Sextant?

This is going to sound a bit elitest, but I long for the days when there were at least a few barriers to entry. Too many things are just too easy these days. GPS not only means that folks don't need to know celestial, but chartplotters have convinced lots of folks that they don't even need the basic skills of coastal navigation.

Ever wonder why powerboaters seem to be the most ignorant folks out there? Because there are no barriers to entry - just turn the key and go like a bat out of hell. At least sailors still need to know something about sail trim. But this wholesale surrender to technology is much the same - when even an idiot can do it, we will have an ocean full of idiots.
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