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Want to see something truly amazing? Look back to the beginning and see when this thread started. I would be impressed by being able to find my way with CN BUT the age of this thread? Well, internet archeologist are going to be talking about this for years to come....

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Want to see something truly amazing? Look back to the beginning and see when this thread started. I would be impressed by being able to find my way with CN BUT the age of this thread? Well, internet archeologist are going to be talking about this for years to come....
Yes this thread is old, so is the guy that loves this thread and won't let it fade away. I think if he gets his big red button back he will make this thread a sticky.

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This is a debate about convenience. It is easy to simply press a button. GPS and associated electronic navigation charts are so much easier than actually looking out the window or using a "seaman's eye", a skill that is only developed over years.

One of the dangers in things electronic is the tendency of the user to accept data and not think about it. After all the arrow tells us exactly where we are! Right? Unforunately it doesn't always tell us where we are going, the secod part of navigation.

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Maritime News - UK Grounding - Lack of ECDIS Training
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One thing to realize is that there is no ECDIS system that is approved for use on a small boats AFAIK. The MK I Eyeball is still a far better tool in many ways.

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Yes this thread is old, so is the guy that loves this thread and won't let it fade away. I think if he gets his big red button back he will make this thread a sticky.
What you AFOC??!! You luddites wake me from my nap and then accuse me of not letting it go??!! I've got a new thought for you... " AA batteries" . Next week we're going to discuss the concept of "electrons are your friends" . Stay tuned!

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What you AFOC??!! You luddites wake me from my nap and then accuse me of not letting it go??!! I've got a new thought for you... " AA batteries" . Next week we're going to discuss the concept of "electrons are your friends" . Stay tuned!
NO! Electrons can hurt you.

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This is my first year sailing and I already picked up a book for $4.00 (Sky and Sextant). Every time I go out in the Cheasapeake bay I try to learn something new. I thought when you are sailing you have pleanty of time to do CN. I have one question, is it much easier to get lessons on CN or just read up on it and practice.
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I first picked up a book and did the self taught thing, then took a class. The class reinforced what I learned and I picked up some things I missed.

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Pick up a copy of Bowditch and start in. There is much there beyond celestial of value to you over a lifetime of reading. Then take a class; you're likely to have the same experience as denby.

If you're sailing offshore you certainly do have plenty of time to practice celestial and even squareknot the odd scrap of line into something useful. Others choose to utilize this time figuring out what went wrong with their TV remote control. To each his own, I suppose. (g)

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I accidentally posted this on another CN thread. It's still true.

One final thought. In addition to all the practical reasons, it just feels good to lay out a little "cocked hat" on the chart and be able to say "Wow, I did that". It just a good feeling to able to do anything really well, especially when that thing is something that could save your boat, or life, or both.

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