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02-07-2011 10:21 AM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by riversandbar View Post
Sorry if this has already been asked... but didn't read the full 15 pages of posts... although I should.. LOL

Was thinking about picking up a platic training sextant.... what are your thoughts on it for training and possible usage in the lifeboat afterwards. Is it worth the money?
Provided you check the sextant very carefully for alignment and such to minimize errors related to those problems and make sure the sextant hasn't warped. Don't leave plastic sextants out in the sun, as Tania Aebi can tell you.
02-07-2011 10:17 AM
Boasun A plastic sextant is better than nada. So go for it.
02-07-2011 09:59 AM
riversandbar Sorry if this has already been asked... but didn't read the full 15 pages of posts... although I should.. LOL

Was thinking about picking up a platic training sextant.... what are your thoughts on it for training and possible usage in the lifeboat afterwards. Is it worth the money?
02-06-2011 04:13 PM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by jack2 View Post
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
The Freiberger is smaller, better built, nicer materials, but IIRC, not made anymore. It is also usually more expensive than a new ASTRA III B sextant, which is a current model and has parts easily available.

I'd imagine the accuracy and functionality is mostly dependent on the design, and an older Freiberger may not be as accurate, especially if it is a vernier rather than a micrometer drum design, and may not be as functional.
02-06-2011 02:10 PM
jack2
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
02-04-2011 03:44 PM
HDChopper Heehehehehehe so eloquently put Boasun ....
02-04-2011 12:10 PM
Boasun Actually; Mark I eyeballs come as a set with a Working Brain.
I believe that the key word there is "Working".
02-04-2011 09:18 AM
svHyLyte 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.

FWIW...
02-03-2011 10:15 PM
travlineasy Geez, there you go with that common sense thingy again--ain't it amazin'!

Gary
02-03-2011 10:12 PM
sailingdog
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Which was my point in posting the link to the story...

Yup... it was
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