Though sextants are no longer used by most bluewater navigators, they are still objects of fascination to a certain passionate sect of sailors. On the one hand they are merely precision measuring instruments. On the other they seem like magical tools employed by celestial priests and druids. For those who worship the very concept of the sextant, here is a book that should satiate even the most curious of intellects. Compiled by a retired physician who has spent years collecting and restoring sextants, The Nautical Sextant reviews every working part of these instruments in minute detail. Lavishly illustrated with color photography, the text describes how the sextant developed and how different manufacturers resolved the same mechanical puzzles in different ways. Though it will be most useful to those few who, like the author, restore sextants as a hobby, it will also be of interest to any who still enjoy using sextants to find their way in the world.
Chartering the U.S. and Spanish Virgins
Flying into Tortola in the British Virgin Islands one December morning, three months after Hurricane Irma, I felt like a war correspondent dispatched to the battlefront rather than a sailing magazine writer on an assignment to go cruising.As my LIAT plane descended toward Beef ...read more