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Good day! I want to buy a decent sextant. Looking through ebay I found they are mostly antiques or for display. What is a good long lasting operational sextant?
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Good day! I want to buy a decent sextant. Looking through ebay I found they are mostly antiques or for display. What is a good long lasting operational sextant?
Just find youself a used Davis sextant unless you just like spending money.
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I use a plastic to take noon fixes now. Learning the constellations to then take celestial fixes aas well but I can only take good observations during new or quarter moons aand on clear nights. So much light pollytion you know?
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Have you read Jack London's The Cruise of the Snark - (free book) ? Chapter 4, "Finding One's Way About", hilariously tells how he and his friend taught themselves navigation on the way from San Francisco to Hawai'i.

The plastic Davis sextants are fine, and are, or used to be, included in larger abandon-ship kits. My compliments to you for studying the antediluvian luddite ways of us dinosaurs, so loudly eschewed by some of the electron-worshipers.

Clear skies and small triangles!
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My compliments to you for studying the antediluvian luddite ways of us dinosaurs, so loudly eschewed by some of the electron-worshipers.
Let's see - we have, and we both know how to use:
  • A brass sextant
  • A chart plotter
  • FUGAWI on the computer hooked up to AIS and the Multiplexer
  • paper charts for everywhere we cruise
  • a lead line
  • LED lights
  • candles
  • two oil lamps
  • charting and plotting skills
  • marine maintenance skills
  • Navigating and helming skills
  • a hand bearing compass
  • a DSC VHF radio with built in GPS
So, are we luddites or electron-worshipers?

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Let's see - we have, and we both know how to use:
  • A brass sextant
  • A chart plotter
  • FUGAWI on the computer hooked up to AIS and the Multiplexer
  • paper charts for everywhere we cruise
  • a lead line
  • LED lights
  • candles
  • two oil lamps
  • charting and plotting skills
  • marine maintenance skills
  • Navigating and helming skills
  • a hand bearing compass
  • a DSC VHF radio with built in GPS
So, are we luddites or electron-worshipers?

Shalom
Rik and Linda
Nope. You're doing great, taking advantage of modern technology, but with backups for when it fails. No less prudent than having a second anchor & rode, or spare engine parts. Well done.

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I like my ASTRA III B. It is a good sextant and won't totally break the bank to purchase.
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If you aren't familiar with sextants, with the differences between them, and the many ways they can be damaged and made inaccurate, stay away from ebay and go to someplace like celestaire that sells them new, and supports them.
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Let's see - we have, and we both know how to use:
  • A brass sextant
  • A chart plotter
  • FUGAWI on the computer hooked up to AIS and the Multiplexer
  • paper charts for everywhere we cruise
  • a lead line
  • LED lights
  • candles
  • two oil lamps
  • charting and plotting skills
  • marine maintenance skills
  • Navigating and helming skills
  • a hand bearing compass
  • a DSC VHF radio with built in GPS
So, are we luddites or electron-worshipers?

Shalom
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Neither. You just like to know where you are. The candles... to make sure you kiss the wife and not the cook.
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Nope. You're doing great, taking advantage of modern technology, but with backups for when it fails. No less prudent than having a second anchor & rode, or spare engine parts. Well done.
Oh ya - and a second anchor and rode and a container of engine spares - forgot about that.

(And a well stocked wine cabinet, too many tools and ...)
Tiny story - we were on our first trip out on the salt and were being escorted by a good friend in his boat because he thought we might need help. The old Tanzer 28 had a Volvo gas engine.

When he spotted us dead in the water he called on the VHF radio. Linda answered "Rik's down in the engine room swapping out the carburetor, the other one started to leak."

Jon's reply "Who the **** carries a spare carb?"
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