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Thread: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

  1. #36
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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    I cant imagine sailing without a fixed compass.
    My cruising is all coastal and to familiar destinations but it does get dark and it does get foggy, especially around Fishers Island and Block Island.
    I have GPS but use it primarily for tracking my speed and distance. I steer with the compass; binnacle mounted Ritchie.

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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    I have not looked at a compass in 20 years.

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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    with the advent of the chart plotter the hand held compass for navigating got hung up and has never come out again.
    the Bulkhead compass still gets a lot of use. Obviously for tacking angles, night sailing and they are also handy for giving novice helmsmen a course to hold.
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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    The other use of the hand held bearing compass is for collision avoidance.

    Is the bearing of another vessel constant or is it changing?
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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    ...Or...are you gaining on them or not I've used a hand bearing compass quite a bit on distance races (when you can see the competition, anyway).

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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    Kayak compass bungied to a side bench. Mostly used to hold a bearing while rowing long distances, sometimes used to gauge the effectiveness and course consistency of a hands-off yawl driven reach.
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    Default Re: Mounted compasses - how many of you actually use them?

    Absolutely use a fixed compass, and the bigger the better.
    No electronics here, just a nice Kelvin White.
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