Desire to Communicate

Desire to Communicate

In this site I talk about all methods of navigation that are practical on small craft. That covers navigating by buoys and with chart and compass, electronic methods, and fixing your position by sun, moon, and stars. You may have been thaught that are waters...
The Globe Star Voyage

The Globe Star Voyage

Who but a madman would say publicly that he planned to sail a brand-new, untried boat-hauled overland from Canada just twenty days earlier without pulpit, sternrail, lifelines, spars, rigging, or galley stove-around the world without ever looking at a compass,...
Care of Sextant

Care of Sextant

Since the sextant is so important an instrument in navigation, it should be handled carefully and treated well. It is delicate and therefore easily thrown out of adjustment. When not in use it should be kept securely in the sextant box with the index arm clamped in...
The Story of the Apollo Sextant

The Story of the Apollo Sextant

Over the course of a decade, the Apollo program (in addition to landing humans on the Moon six times!) produced an incredible array of technical breakthroughs and achievements. But many people do not know that in addition to the army of NASA employees who worked the...
A Look Back and a Look Ahead

A Look Back and a Look Ahead

We have considered how the mariner stays in the safe water when land is in sight and how new electronic devices give information of various sorts to assist him when it is not. We have learned about many of the instruments, charts, publications, and accessories for...
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