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05-08-2013 11:28 PM
sailpower
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

To all the detractors keep in mind that when he did it there was no GPS for civilians, SATNAV was rare and LORAN was not worldwide.

So when he did it without a compass or a sextant he was not giving up all the geewhiz stuff that we have today.

The compass and the sextant would have been his backup unless he had the money for an expensive SATNAV.

Hard not to see what an amazing accomplishment it was.

I wonder how many who are knocking this guy have gone offshore even for just a couple of thousand miles with just a sextant, watch and compass? If you havenít then maybe you canít appreciate what he did without even those.
05-08-2013 10:39 PM
MastUndSchotbruch
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

I was intrigued by:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Direction, well the sun comes up and goes down and if the stars are out Pleadease (sp) alway's points east. ( I use this all the time because my compass light is still broke.)
Do you mean the Pleiades? Why would they be always in the East? Makes no sense to me. Care to explain?

The only stars I would expect to be in a constant direction is Polaris and the Southern Cross (kind of).

(I was also impressed by you knowing Thor Heyerdahl's family. Way cool!)
05-08-2013 09:34 PM
Grunthrie
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

I may be a pretty new sailor, but I am not at all new to DR thanks to the USMC Coxswain's Course and have nothing but respect for this guy. I like to minimize my use of my GPS when I am out on the water or in the woods, using it and it's precious battery life as a backup to my "analog" compass and course.

Haters gonna hate.
03-25-2013 10:16 PM
Lou452
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

At any age it is a joy and a blessing to get to do something you like and then to do it well. Kind Regards, Lou
03-25-2013 04:17 PM
c. breeze
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

All if this criticism strikes me as blatant ageism.
03-25-2013 03:14 PM
rvharvey
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

I would argue that no person reading these entries could do what Marvin Creamer did on Saturday. At 97 years of age, he kept a crowd of people spellbound with his detailed narration of a voyage he made in '82-'84 -- without notes or a teleprompter! I have known Marvin for years and never cease to be amazed! Ralph Harvey, still webmaster of globestar.org, but the site is being transferred to Rowan U.
03-03-2013 06:17 PM
Classic30
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capt.aaron View Post
Indeed, and with any luck I will have the opportunity to ignore my own advice and visit the area. If I find my self there I will certainly have 2 chart plotters, a radar, ais, paper chart, 3 compass', rdf, and a flock of caged sparrow's to let fly free and follow!
Well, if you ever do, given that you'll be adequately prepared, be sure to let me know you're coming and I'll show you around!...
03-01-2013 07:02 PM
Zoya
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

Truly amazing....
03-01-2013 10:14 AM
jlaprad
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

Thanks for posting, very cool story.
03-01-2013 09:07 AM
Capt.aaron
Re: Circumnavigation without instruments

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hartley18 View Post
Hey, it ain't that bad!.... (actually, on second thought, maybe it is) but it's all that some of us have to play in.

To be safe you just need to:
1. Have checked the weather forecast AND the tides before exiting "The Rip".
2. Have nice day (for the purposes of this exercise, storms, rain, high winds, night and/or fog are NOT classed as "nice days"!)
3. Hope like H*** you know EXACTLY where you are in relation to those cliffs at all times!




EDIT: Please ignore Aaron's well-meaning advice to just "sail past it and turrn north when you don't see it any more". Here's a listing I found of a few who've tried that over the decades...
Indeed, and with any luck I will have the opportunity to ignore my own advice and visit the area. If I find my self there I will certainly have 2 chart plotters, a radar, ais, paper chart, 3 compass', rdf, and a flock of caged sparrow's to let fly free and follow!
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