THE INTRO can be RATHER LONG WINDED AS THE SITE FIRST DEVELOPED AS A NAUTICALTEACHING VEHICLE 1997... THE SITE NOW HAS 22 LINKS... 14 DEVOTED TO 6 COMPLETED SCREENPLAYS... and the TV Series... "IF THAT'S YOUR INTEREST"....JUST QUICKLY SCROLL DOWN
Standing 66 Ft. above the water, on the bridge wings, at 08:15 with a sextant in hand, a copy of the Nautical Almanac and the appropriate volume of HO 229 on the chart table as watch officer, it would take me approximately 5 minutes to shoot the sun and about 10 minutes additional work with my Sunline Work Sheet to plot an LOP... Maybe an hour later, do a five minute running fix on the same plot in order to come up with an appropriate celestial position. At night a three star fix, looking up to the heavens might take a bit longer. The key is to be very organized. I found in my experience, if you do the same old thing that brought you a successful result and repeat the same procedure, things can, and will only improve.
There is nothing difficult about Celestial Navigation. Books that present a lot of theory rather than technique make it difficult for someone to understand. Many confuse the reader with ambiguity, using terms that many readers fail to understand, initiating complexity in something that is simply not that difficult in application.
After a Great Circle Route back to the West Coast from a Far East Run, with plenty of application under my belt, I decided to sit down on my home computer, not preach theory, but to communicate in simple terms exactly what I did, making it rather easy to learn.
We all know that today this application has little practical value with the proliferation of extremely accurate and inexpensive positioning with GPS. Even when the electronics go down pocket GPS devices with 3 or 4 AA batteries accomplish the same.
Shortly after earning my way to 3rd mate, I came into possession of a 1933 British Husun Sextant, very valuable, very accurate. I did not sell it, I passed it on. Like the discipline itself, both can not be measured in monetary terms or efficiency terms. Both I feel have spiritual value. That is why sailors will always have a yearning to learn the discipline. That is why I am passing this information on to you. Unlike from books you will learn this application... If you follow along what the Captain tells you to do (LOL)...Have fun ! ...that is an order.
Completing another long voyage, engaging my capacity as a graduate Naval Architect, I worked out all the Stability and Trim problems in the Coast Guard data bank in order to help one pass the appropriate tests. I'm also a professional boat designer, a Florida office six years, I posted another old link, a perspective on upwind sailing.
These lectures were done some over 20 years ago. I re-posted them, having been told they are still very relevant for passing CG exams and that it would be a shame for them to go to waste on an old CD disk.
Sailing originally from Florida, 15 years ago, I've been everywhere in South and Central America. Crossing the Panama Canal, I then eventually sailed the Pacific. Pulling out of Tahiti, my boat in bad shape, I more or less floated into Am. Samoa, after 33 days alone at sea. I wrote my first screenplay SOAKED, "About Sailing." Since that I wrote five more Screenplays. The Synopsis' to all these can be read below. My boat was destroyed in Am. Samoa by criminal action..."Joey knew who cut my Mooring cable", sending my boat to the rocks...but the corrupt authorities refuse to investigate. I Lost my home, all my possessions, watched it looted, authorities stood by did nothing, I live more or less in Southeast Asia, I get by. Although losing a lot of stuff, I'm grateful for being still alive and still contributing to society... At one point alone at sea, many days in high winds and 25 foot seas on my stern at night, the boat surfing, little wheel control, knowing I was headed for a Polynesian reef, exhausted, doing my best, I figured, maybe 2 hours to ultimate disaster; I remember saying to myself in reflecting on my life, I did my best, for what I had to work with and resigned myself to a watery grave with Serenity and Peace of Mind... I live by the 12 Steps; everything quickly changed...the Hand of God reached out, somewhat like my Character REGGIE in my screenplay SOAKED. I was saved miraculously...I made it and went on to write six screenplays, the ever present smile comes from within..., I lost all personal belongings when my boat went down, but peace of mind, knowing that all I have to do is follow the dotted line...as a Navigator, trained professionally, that's easy to do, I know what my job is and it's a joy. Everything on my site is free, no commercials or distractions...I'm just lucky to be alive and be here (LOL)
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