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Is the Binnacle Compass Obsolete?
No, really. I had either a major insight or a real case of heresy tonight, thinking about a chartplotter with radar overlay and saying to myself, gee, that's wasted at the nav station, that REALLY should be at the helm and daylight readable. (Ka-ching!)
I mean, binnacle compasses are great, reliable, don't really care what state your batteries and all are in, but if you're on the helm and threading an inlet or rockhopping, do you really give a damn about the COMPASS? Which could just as easily be located by the hatch, or repeated with big bright numbers on the mast? (Or displayed on the heretical fancy display, ahem.)
And I started thinking, gee, that binnacle compass really is in the wrong spot. What should be there is not some fancy pod, but a daylight readable display, or a repeater of one that's at the nav.
Has anyone given over to this kind of heresy? Does it seem, well, like maybe the time has come? (And if it has, suggestions for a good display system with repeater so the helm/nav can both have it?)