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Unfortunately, I'd have to agree that the woman in the story probably wouldn't have gone to Death Valley had she not had the GPS. So, in that sense, the GPS did cause her death. However, the real cause of her daughter's death was the mother's complete stupidity about a very hostile and dangerous environment.

The same thing has happened to sailors with GPS...and those that relied on its "accuracy and infallibility" and gotten into trouble because they didn't understand the basic environment that they were in—the ocean. Rule 62 is a good example of this.

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Some time ago I posted a story about an elderly couple who drove down an unplowed road in the winter and got stuck. They survived.

There is also a story about a yacht using a GPS that hit a charted reef in Australia.

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Unfortunately, using Mark I eyeballs requires a modicum of common sense and intelligence to work... and that's become pretty rare.

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Some time ago I posted a story about an elderly couple who drove down an unplowed road in the winter and got stuck. They survived.

There is also a story about a yacht using a GPS that hit a charted reef in Australia.

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Unfortunately, using Mark I eyeballs requires a modicum of common sense and intelligence to work... and that's become pretty rare.
Which was my point in posting the link to the story...


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Which was my point in posting the link to the story...

Yup... it was

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Geez, there you go with that common sense thingy again--ain't it amazin'!

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Common sense seems to be an all to uncommon. Not long ago we heard someone hailing the CG. We switched up to 22A to ease-drop on the ensuing conversation which involved a concerned boater that wanted to let the CG know that, according to his GPS, they had put the outer marker at the mouth of the Manatee River in the wrong place! The CG watch stander patiently thanked him for the tip.

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Actually; Mark I eyeballs come as a set with a Working Brain.
I believe that the key word there is "Working".

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Heehehehehehe so eloquently put Boasun ....

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Sextant Choice

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but do any of you have experience with the Freiberger Yacht Sextant or the ASTRA III B sextant. I realize the the Freiberger is smaller and somewhat more expensive but it is not from China, (products from which I prefer not to buy). Any thought about the quality and functionality of these. Thanks
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