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12-03-2007 04:32 PM
Idiens How to use a sextant to mark a man overboard:-

Tie it to a fender and throw it in.

How to use a sextant as an anchor alarm:-

Tell the anchor watch to hold it at arm's length, you will hear it hit the deck when he nods off.

How to use a sextant with a chart-plotter:-

Organise a competition between the crew to see who can get the nearest fix to the GPS position.
12-03-2007 12:47 PM
retclt Gently places sextant in storage box with buggy whip . . . . . . . Accuracy wasn't good enough to keep me in the channel that misty night.
12-03-2007 11:22 AM
Originally Posted by Rockter View Post
.... But they will still send me the bill for this European Dreaming.
Well, it a British hobby to piss on anything European, and especially on Galileo.

The irony and hypocrisy of it is that UK industry not only made the most money out of Galileo so far, but has produced its one successful result, a satellite up there now.

It seems likely that in terms of tax returns, via income tax, corporation tax, and VAT, the UK will be one of the few countries in the EU to actually make a profit out of Galileo. Maybe one of the reasons why the UK politicians piss on it in public but vote for it in Brussels.
12-03-2007 08:47 AM
chrondi Come to your senses guys, it is surely not for any national (or for the better part international) pride and rivalry that the Gallileo satellite positioning system got the green light to go ahead. There are real commercial future opportunities and other financial interests underlying the European decision, and much more is at stake than what is overtly declared. The case of Gallileo and the scope for duplication or sparing taxpayers' money can be better compared with the Airbus-Boeing competition about the new generation of ultra efficient widebody long distance carriers than space exploration or fusion energy issues where the expected medium term results lag far behind the relevant investment and effort required and then international cooperation becomes a sine qua non condition!
12-03-2007 07:33 AM
Rockter Yes, an utter waste of taxpayers' money, pissed up the wall in pursuit of the great European dream of spending more and more money to feel great about it pissing up the wall.

I will not use it.... I have a Garmin that does just fine thanks, and it's done just fine since 1992.

But they will still send me the bill for this European Dreaming.
12-03-2007 02:36 AM
Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
You need time for longitude.
You could use a GPS receiver to get that....
12-03-2007 01:47 AM
Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
and forgive my ignorance, but doesn't the sextant give you latitude, but you need chronometer for longitude? or is that just the old royal navy days?
You need time for longitude.

Edit, actually that isn't true, there are other methods such as observing lunar distances that don't require time, but I don't know anybody who has claimed to even know how to do that one!

And finding lunar distances is really just another way to calculate time anyway ...

Wikipedia link for information about taking lunars ...
12-02-2007 11:41 PM
Originally Posted by Valiente View Post
(takes out sextant, lightly wipes down Vernier scale).

What? Did you guys say something?
well, that gives you something pretty to occupy you as you run up on the rocks up here after you haven't seen the sun for 5 days of rain and fog

and forgive my ignorance, but doesn't the sextant give you latitude, but you need chronometer for longitude? or is that just the old royal navy days?
12-02-2007 05:23 PM
Moonfish Good point, Valiente! (and quite funny, too)
12-02-2007 01:48 PM
sailingdog LOL.... very true... and too dumb to read the warning labels.
Originally Posted by HoffaLives View Post
maybe not, but he does like to push big, red buttons to amuse himself and to see what will happen.
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