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Personally, I am learning how to use a sextant (OK, the instrument part isn't that hard, BUT, what is hard is balancing on a moving deck and taking readings...lol!). The cost of the instrument is definitely a humdinger.
I am reading Barefoot Navigator, The Sextant Handbook, and Celestial Navigation For Yachtsman.
After reading an article in Cruising World concerning the difficulties of navigating in fog (the guy got totally confused and lost as he relied on his GPS), I was reminded of the need to have low-to-no-tech skills for navigation (and plain old common sense of course).
I appreciate the usefulness of the instruments. I am wary of them failing and thus leaving me high and dry. They have their uses and drawbacks.
We should all know how to navigate without those things.