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    Re: which would you choose?
    From: Richard B. Emerson
    Date: 1999 Aug 05, 6:45 AM

    This thread is becoming, to my mind, a little too dogmatic.
    Keep in mind that, at the end of the day, the goal is to know where
    you are with some certainty.  If the budget is unlimited, buy all the
    toys you can.  If the budget is limited, buy while remembering that
    Murphy's Law will not be denied.  The more pieces in the system, the
    greater then chance for failure.  Now, mercifully, shear numbers alone
    don't define risk of failure; there are millions and millions of
    transistors in a single CPU chip, for example, but they hold up
    amazingly well.
    This list springs from an interest in the details of navigation and
    that's hard to follow if all of a ship's positional data is presented
    by a receiver and computer.  But when the seas are up, the clouds
    thick, and the navigator is spending time chumming the fish, it's hard
    to find time for computing navigational triangles from first
    principles.  Conversely, when the batteries fail, a drop to the deck
    shatters a chip, and none of the displays tell anything, a sextant,
    clock, and tables look mighty attractive.
    As always, it's best to use the right tools for the job and the
    definition of "best" varies with the circumstances.
    S/V One With The Wind, Baba 35

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