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Celestial Nav is to GPS Nav what Morse Code is to Radio Communications. Both CN and Morse Code are now art forms practiced by people who truly enjoy using them. When MC was no longer required for an Amateur Radio license the doom and gloomers said the world was sure to end etc.etc. The same is being said of GPS now. Remember one must learn all sorts of interesting things (basic seamanship, basic navigation, using a compass, making sure you have enough fresh fuel for your aux motor, and on and on) before he or she can safely sail across a bay much less an ocean.
Yes I have a chart plotter, several GPS, a few paper charts, a computer filled with electronic charts. My most important tool is between my ears. I can see my compassd or listen for a fog horn if necessary. I know when to drop an anchor and wait out a bad weather situation. Taking unnecessary chances is not macho or wise.
If you believe that CN is a vital tool that you must have, take the time to learn it to proficiency.
Please enjoy your outing today as none of us knows how many more we have.