In many areas, there are ranges setup for things like navigating channels. You can use one of these to check the magnetic compass heading, since the range is a known bearing line. Granted, you may have to correct any deviation in the compass by swinging it, but checking it against the range will tell you whether you're in the ballpark or not.
If there aren't any ranges convenient to you, you can always setup your own ranges using things like radio, water towers, etc., to create a known bearing.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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