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When I did a lot of pencil and charting, I got an articulating plexi straight edge with a compass on it from the BBA. I used two clevis pins which I drop into the pre drilled holes which they used to screw it down to a plotting board for their BBA chartkit. This means I can set the compass / straight edge parallel to the lat lon line and rotate the straight edge to read or plot courses. I don't have to worry about losing two triangles, store them, and walk them to the compass rose on the chart I am using. I clip the chart to my desk top. My desk now has two small holes drilled in the upper left corner where the clevis pins live when the charing device is stowed.

This system is essentially fixed to the desk (though I can lift it off and stow it) which makes it very useful in a sea way. I never use my triangles or a rolling straight edge.

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i've used the rolling plotter. It's a substitute for parallel rules and I find them both deficient. Particularly on a small boat, one must keep a degree of downward pressure for either to track accurately, and that is not always practicable. For the roller, you must push it evenly from the center, as well as have your chart well secured. I still prefer traingles due to size and flexibility of use. Never did much care for parallel rules except for running a long dr track.

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Sway..you just want to see me in one of these!!
Oh god, I'm going to have nightmares thank a lot cam.

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I'll bet that photo was from when he had the affair with the "dog lady". Remember how he disappeared for a number of days, about the time she stopped posting about Werner von Braun the dog, and then he returned, resigned as moderator, decided to sell the boat, and buy an RV? What can you easily live with in an RV that you cannot on a boat? What type of head gear do aggressive bulldogs wear? btw, Michael Vick and Cam? You've never seen them in the same room together have you?

The pieces are all falling into place. All that's needed now is a confirmed sighting of a GPS equipped dog collar!

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Sway...you know it is hard to keep latex supple at sea!! (G)
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Sway...you know it is hard to keep latex supple at sea!! (G)
Cam, flashbacks from a different area, but nothing that scary

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As for myself I prefer two triangles & one parallel ruler, two dividers (one with lead and is a compass), a cheap scientific calculator (this way if I drop it over the side am not out hundreds of bucks), and all of my reference books.
Oh! the appropriate charts for the area also (corrected to the latest LNM).
Add in my GPS and Laptop with ECDIS. My C Plath Sextant, white gum erasers (man invented the pencil but God gave us the eraser)
And my emergency land direction indicator: My cat, Isn't that rumor true that if you throw the ship's cat over board, she will swim toward land?? It is true isn't it?? Okay! okay, I will keep her on board to keep the vermin down.
Oh Heck! throw in a maneuvering board also...
Your LOPs come in straight lines, archs and hyperbolic LORAN TDs. The formulae I don't have memorized are in the Reference books.
That is about it.
Oh! Mechanical pencils and the old standby #2 pencils.
Now that is about all that I need.
Have all of that stuff but for the Boat and am looking for a new one. Well it will be new to me that is.
Well if you do get lost. Any direction you go is toward land. But a minor detail is that land is further in some directions than it is with other directions.

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