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Lots of books out there, lots of places to take courses. We joined our local "Power Squadron" (In Canada - it is called CPS-ECP and in the States is it the USPS ).

We took the course one winter and summer (more fun doing star sights when it is NOT 30 below). Both Linda and I passed it and probably could still do a decent sight.

Like Morse code - it was a neat challenge and a great way to make some new friends.

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Despite what 'capta" says, learning the stars, the theory, the plotting and the taking of sites, (noon, three body, North Star and others) that enable you to plot your position is an excellent discipline and a good learning experience. To me, it does not matter if you take the course on "some beach in Canada" or on capta's boat "somewhere in the Windward or Leeward Islands". Don't discount the task, the skills involved, nor the experience.

The OP never said he wanted to use it to sail across the ocean. If all you are looking at is being "adequately equipped to navigate across an ocean for about $100", IMHO, a much better Return on Investment is a Cheap Ticket for $199.00 from New York to London and you can be there in 6 hours and 55 minutes.

Rik
 
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