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Don't know why the Power Squadron is teaching the use of the pelorus, other than to get students familiar with the concept of RELATIVE bearings (i.e., the horizontal arc as measured from the bow of the vessel).
I doubt that you'd find even one pelorus in a fleet of 100 cruising sailboats.
The hand-bearing compass, however, is a very useful tool for piloting. A good set of binoculars with integral compass (e.g., the Fujinon Polaris or Steiner) obviates the need for a separate HB compass, IMO. In fact, the binocs w/compass are far superior in actual use.