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Re: Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?

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I'm surprised how few (one) mentioned that a compass does not give the same information as GPS. GPS says where you are going, not where you are pointed.

Tacking. Tell the helmsman port 100 degrees. GPS will not be so accurate over short periosd or at low speeds. In light air it will be plain stupid.

Anchored. Which way is the wind?

Current and Leeway. How much difference?

Silly. You need both.

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Re: Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?

Since I singlehand most of the time, I have as much as I can afford at the helm. I can't be running below to check on instruments or charts. If it is a lovely day in familiar waters I have everything I need( eyes, ears)If I run into a fog bank I still have everything I need(eyes, ears, compass, plotter,radar,AIS VHF.) I have had everything but the compass crap out in bad weather in an airplane going 9 miles a minute so I never totally depend on electronics. Each of the"toys" are aids to navigation. Some of us remember Loran being the do all wonder gadget.
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Re: Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?

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