Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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It is intriguing that the further some people are out to sea, the more accurate they want their timing to be. Shouldn't you be able to find local noon anywhere pretty accurately with a sextant? If you're 500 miles from shore, what difference does 20 or 50 miles make? Accuracy is most needed when you're closer to the rocks - but you should be able to see the shore if you're that close. If it's too foggy, you're not going to be sighting much through a sextant either. Slocum used a hand-wound alarm clock, and probably erred on the side of caution.