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I wonder how many still carry a slide rule and math tables? It isn't if your fancy electric calculator is going to fail but when!
No doubt the generation that grew up with the astrolabe would never trust a sextant but eventually people will trust the sextant and leave the astrolabe ashore. Having a compass on board (just on board not even at the binnacle!) is a good idea just as it is a good idea to have a slide rule, math tables, star charts, sextants, astrolabes and an endless number of old nav books including the Icelandic Sagas but are such archaic systems needed? No.
At least I hope not.
If you really need your compass or other archaic bits of technology, if you are unable to control your vessel without them or unable creep along an unknown shoreline, unable to anchor and effect repairs or rescue without a binnacle mounted compass then having these archaic bits of history are really just a crutch. You will likely fail even with them.
I would suggest those claiming they would be unable to respond to the unusually emergency which results in all their main and back up GPS and modern technology being unusable are either incorrect or…well I’m glad the odds of them running into me blindly under such conditions are low.
Eventually every boater will accept the new fangled sextant, and other new technologies just as we accepted the once new fangled compass.
Have faith that the oceans are going to rise and flood the world, that plague and pestilence brought on by Climate Change is going to punish us for not believing. Please do as they say it is our only hope. :P