Thanks for your post. Mirabile dictu
, I believe we are substantially in agreement!
I suppose one could be a purist and insist on using celestial navigation when near land. I don't know anyone who does that, and I have not done it myself.
Celestial navigation is appropriate for offshore passages, when a vessel is out of sight of land. When land is within sight, a prudent mariner wishing to use traditional methods will use (switch over) to coastal navigation techniques: compass bearings, VSAs, HSAs, running fixes, soundings, etc. That is simply faster, easier, and more accurate than working up a celestial fix.
I have no quarrel with any sailor who is uninterested in celestial navigation. Electronic navigation (not just GNSS, but radar and the now-defunct LORAN and OMEGA) is great ... not without its own limitations, but perfectly workable once one is aware of those limitations. My point was simply that celestial is not 'less safe' than other navigation systems in an open ocean context.