SailNet Community - View Single Post - Magnetic Variation
View Single Post
post #55 of Old 07-21-2007
Senior Member
jerryrlitton's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Posts: 1,732
Thanks: 9
Thanked 20 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Here is the deal. Since the magnetic north pole and the geographical one are not co located we face a situation called magnetic variation. There are lines drawn on a chart that have either easterly or westerly variation. Now the reading on your compass as you see it is your magnetic heading but you need in most cases to apply the variation. West you add and east you subtract to get your magnetic course. For example you want to steer a 090 course and your line takes you through a area of 21West variation you would steer a magnetic heading of 111 degrees. Remember east is least and west is best. Hope that helps.


Part time PADI instructor, part time sailor. Full time having a blast.

Islander 44

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jerryrlitton is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome