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For those young whippersnappers so enamored of their newfangled electronic toys they don't use one, this is what the compass card/compass rose *should* look like. :)

 

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For those young whippersnappers so enamored of their newfangled electronic toys they don't use one, this is what the compass card/compass rose *should* look like. :)
You abbreviated!!! Shame on you!



I, myself, prefer the cushion. :p its comfortable to sit on while the Auto Pilot gets NMEA sentences from the computer.
 

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You abbreviated!!! Shame on you!
:) Yes, I did. I looked for one similar to the image on the cushion. I like yours more, but I figured it'd confusicate the youngsters even more.
 

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I always enjoy it when Jack Aubrey orders a course like "nor by noreast 1/4 east", but I would also think "what a waste of time and energy to memorize that system". It wasn't until I realized that most sailors couldn't read or write, nor really knew numbers that I figured out why the traditional compass rose was used. It really is a visual system. While it seems unnecessarily complicated to us, it may have been easier than learning to count to 360.
 

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I always enjoy it when Jack Aubrey orders a course like "nor by noreast 1/4 east", but I would also think "what a waste of time and energy to memorize that system". It wasn't until I realized that most sailors couldn't read or write, nor really knew numbers that I figured out why the traditional compass rose was used. It really is a visual system. While it seems unnecessarily complicated to us, it may have been easier than learning to count to 360.
I wouldn't be surprised if it simply pre-dates the current 360 degree system. The concept of always placing north at the top of a map is relatively recent (~300 years or so, I think) for instance.
 

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I was not at all familiar with the terminology for any resolutions higher than "North Northeast," etc. This was really cool, and makes great sense. Thanks, Mark!

Barry
 
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