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There's NO freeken way anyone can pick up a sextant and learn to get a fix with just 1 day of study. Noon site may be, but that will only give you latitude, not longitude.
Actually with the current celestial alminac a watch set to GMT and fifteen min you can learn to get your fix off the sun by taking a morning mid day and afternoon reading 9 am 12 noon and 3 pm you can do it within a few miles of actual location

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There's NO freeken way anyone can pick up a sextant and learn to get a fix with just 1 day of study. Noon site may be, but that will only give you latitude, not longitude.
The way I saw it he was an experienced sailor and the sextant was a gift and he took a quick look at the directions but already knew how to use it.

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Eh, not a terrible movie, all things considered. A one watcher, for sure. I might put it on again as background while I'm doing something else.
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In fact I challenge anyone to come up with any event in the movie that so impossible that I can't invent a plausible backstory for that would explain it.

Every event in the movie is unlikely so it has to be impossible not just unlikely.

I'll bet that everything that happened in the story has happened at least once probably several times to one or more people.

In fact I believe it is pretty well established that most catastrophes once investigated are the result of a cascade of failures each one highly unlikely and individually either benign or recoverable.

So you got anything the director let in the movie that was both impossible and was a necessary part of the failure chain.
I suspect there are one or two I just can't think of one.
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In fact I challenge anyone to come up with any event in the movie that so impossible that I can't invent a plausible backstory for that would explain it.......
Cool. This could be the most entertaining outcome of the movie.

He used an adjustable crescent wrench to tighten a round mast head antenna connector. (while watching a storm approach from the horizon)
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Cool. This could be the most entertaining outcome of the movie.

He used an adjustable crescent wrench to tighten a round mast head antenna connector. (while watching a storm approach from the horizon)
It will work if wrench is properly adjusted and used on the knurled ferrel

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It will work if wrench is properly adjusted and used on the knurled ferrel
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Cool. This could be the most entertaining outcome of the movie.

He used an adjustable crescent wrench to tighten a round mast head antenna connector. (while watching a storm approach from the horizon)
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Second one down is knurled but with a couple of flattened spots for a wrench.

What else do you have?

By the way I'm not even reaching here.
I'll bet that within an hour I could find some part that 7 out of 10 sailnet experts would say was not being used properly on any boat over 20 years old.

Shease give me something I have to think about.

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Cool. This could be the most entertaining outcome of the movie.

He used an adjustable crescent wrench to tighten a round mast head antenna connector. (while watching a storm approach from the horizon)
Knurling Components - Straight Knurling Bolts, UHF Connectors, Straight Knurling Nuts and Straight Knurling Components Manufacturer & Supplier from Coimbatore, India

Second one down is knurled but with a couple of flattened spots for a wrench.

What else do you have?

By the way I'm not even reaching here.
I'll bet that within an hour I could find some part that 7 out of 10 sailnet experts would say was not being used properly on any boat over 20 years old.

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He stopped trying to fish/eat because a shark snatched his first catch.

He didn't try to keep the LR cover to protect him from the sun.

He let 2 ships sneak up on him (too late for the flares) after waiting for several days just to get in the shipping lane.

Then he burned his liferaft down.


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