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#1687684 - 12/24/09 12:37 AM Re: rsimms US Coast Guard Captain [Re: ]
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Dam, he is finally legal. BTW- That exam is a sumbuck. I flunked it. R- do they still have the celestial navigation part? I couldn't tell Mars from a street light. I was working out of Venice, LA at the time and thought I needed to be legal. About two hours into the exam, I just threw up my hands and said screw it.
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#1687989 - 12/24/09 09:48 AM Re: rsimms US Coast Guard Captain [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
Dam, he is finally legal. BTW- That exam is a sumbuck. I flunked it. R- do they still have the celestial navigation part? I couldn't tell Mars from a street light. I was working out of Venice, LA at the time and thought I needed to be legal. About two hours into the exam, I just threw up my hands and said screw it.


I didn't have to do "Celestial Navigation," but LOTS of chart plotting, conversion of compass north to True North, calculating "set & drift" and all that stuff. That was actually easiest part. Hardest part was "Navigation Rules of the Road" where you must score a minimum 90%. Ugh!
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#1688414 - 12/24/09 03:54 PM Re: rsimms US Coast Guard Captain [Re: rsimms]
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All that thinking stuff was too much for me. I didn't want to run a shrimp boat anyway. Red on the right returning was about all I could handle.
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#1688444 - 12/24/09 04:22 PM Re: rsimms US Coast Guard Captain [Re: bowriter]
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Rich-You'll appreciate this. I have a friend who is a pilot...as in commercial airlines. She failed the test twice. She bought a boat down near Gulf Shores and had to hire a guy to bring it up the river for her.

Remember when we had no GPS and had to read a compass? We had a fathometer and a gauge for oil pressure and rpm's.
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