Science: The Electronic Sailor

The great Yankee skipper Joshua Slocum used only the simplest of navigational instruments—a compass, a sextant and his famous "dollar clock"—when he sailed his 37-ft. Spray round the world alone from 1895 to 1898. The solitary skipper of a spanking new sloop called the Oxy will find his life at sea far easier than Slocum's when he sails in a singlehanded race across the Atlantic next year. If he wants to relax and leave the helm, all he will have to do is flip a switch on an electronic self-steering device; day or night, an array of dials on an instrument...

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