I will be leaving on a two-week cruise through the San Juan and Gulf islands tonight.
Which is a good thing.
What makes it even better is that I will be receiving a "loaner" sextant via UPS today, thanks to my brother.
I think that I want to learn to use the sextant on the trip.
However, I have no tables, nor books, nor much of a clue as to how to use the thing.
Even better is the fact that it's my birthday in a couple of weeks!
So, I plan to head to Captain's Nautical Supplies in Seattle today to pick up some charts that I need, as well as my new birthday presents.
Captains Nautical Supplies, Marine Charts, Marine Navigation, Electronic Charts
I plan to use my GPS for accurate time, I know I need tables and books.
So, I am asking for your help.
Do you have any advice as to what books/tables I will need?
Am I crazy for trying to do this, or will I be able to pick this up without formal training during the cruise?
I'm pretty geeky, but have almost no celestial navigation knowledge.
I think the stars are coming into alignment for me on this one
and am wondering if I'm way off track here.
Any advice is appreciated.