So I’m doing some research and becoming curious on how most cruisers [or even those who do circumnavigation] do their navigation? I know in this day and age of GPS and electronics-to-the-hilt that the “old” method of celestial navigation might be considered somewhat archaic. But as I ponder this, I’m always aware that electronics will fail, will get wet, will ‘accidentally’ fall overboard, or any other number of mishaps that could occur at sea.

I’ve always been enamored with the concept of navigation across the vast oceans using only a little handheld device and taking measurements from the sun and stars. As a kid, I was so curious how the old world explorers were able to do that and be accurate. That still amazes me, I guess!

Maybe it amazes me because I don’t really understand it. I mean, I sort of understand the concept after reading some about it, but I don’t have a good grasp on it because I’m better at learning by doing. Another problem for me right now is that I’m land-locked so no way to get out there and give it a try. I have heard that you can use a sextant while on land, but that it’s not as reliable in determining position. I’m going to look more into that, though.

If anyone is reading this, what’s your experiences? Do you rely solely on GPS or do you have [and know how to use] non-electronic methods of navigation? I’d love to hear about it. Thanks!