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    So I was given a great looking steering compass recently, one that can easily be mounted on or around the thwart. Alas, to my total chagrin, there were no instructions with it. It has a moving bezel that shows the lubber line very clearly and 45 degree tacking angles, that can easily be viewed from the sides. I can’t quite figure out why the revolving bezel has the 360 degrees printed on the outside edge, as when sailing all i need is the lubber line aligned parallel with the boat’s centre line? On land I would use a small compass with an OS map to easily get bearings and direction as long as I know the exact location of where I am starting from. Somehow I can’t see the same logic applies here. I bet swiebertje knows why and what to use it for?


    It is a compass designed for the elder sailor.
    IMHO The bezel is intended for sailors that suffer from Altzheimer’s disease and can’t remember where they should be going.

    When I still had a compass like that, I used the bezel to log the number of beers I still owed to my friends.
    Today I own a real racing compass with dual scales and dual offset lubber lines, and I still don’t know where I am going….

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