Loran and GPS notwithstanding, there will all the time be a place for the sextant aboard any blue-water boat, if for no other reason than the thrill and mystery of finding one’s position on the earth by gazing at the heavens. Here is the indispensable reference that are supposed to accompany the instrument aboard. Cmdr. Bruce Bauer, a professional navigator and master mariner with the U.S. Merchant Marine, has distilled years of hands-on experience into an eminently readable guide to shopping for, adjusting, the usage of, and repairing sextants.
The Sextant Handbook is dedicated to the premise that electronic navigation devices, at the same time as too convenient to put out of your mind, are too at risk of rely on exclusively. The book is designed to make beginner and expert alike conversant with this most beautiful and functional of the navigator’s tools. Topics include:
- Assembly and Disassembly
- Vital Adjustments
- Avoiding Problems
- Rough Weather Sightings
- Oiling and Cleaning
- Immersion Baths
- Emergency Silvering
- Finding and Buying Used Sextants
- And Much More
You’ll also find a list of distributors, manufacturers, and dealers around the globe, a discussion of future trends, and a lot of helpful hints, including sighting with eyeglasses and the usage of a Rude starfinder. All in a thoroughly revised edition of a book acclaimed by navigation professionals.
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