Originally Posted by Pikey Dave
+1, IMHO the best I could get from a compass on a RIB in those conditions , is that I'm heading generally in the right direction.
Exactly!... when its (Proper) Knarley i.e 6m+ Beam sea's dumping you off course on each Rise...its all you want!!..In the conditions we had... Being off course a little (Not making exact landfall) on a longish out of site of land Passage is of no real consequence.
Keeping the Boat even and SAFE i.e..watching the next set and deciding on tactics most definatley IS!
We were going from displacement-to WOT in seconds, (Hole shot is Paramount!) to get up and over some very steep stuff, against the wind..and VERY glad of all the 250 horses!
....for over 4hrs.The idea of a Chart or even naving on a plotter is a Joke!...You adapt and overcome!!!...Or DONT!
As to checking the compass I do it every time....Taking a Compass Bearing on the Plotter..i.e Plotted course BEFOR!! you hit the rough Stuff!..
THAT way, even if the Copass is not 100% accurate (very few are!) any discrepancy is factored in.
Then if you do for any reason loose the Plotter...the Compass will get you SAFE!...Pluss its simple to do a reciprical bearing to get home.
To re-cap. No we didn't carry Paper Charts...not needed.
We did carry a Very Comprehensive Passage Plan including Tidal Ranges..and Streams.. Compass Bearings and courses.ect ect... All provided on 3x A4 Sheets and fully laminated by Avocett
We Both had spare Hanheld VHF's.
PLB.. Flares.. Throw Ropes ect .
I would also agree with Wilk about a BIG....WELL DAMPED COMPASS...I would repeat it needs to be in your line of sight for best results!..I have an Offshore 105 Plastimo...highly reccomened!
As to Vision... I purposely lowered my Consul when I specd my Boat (see original thread) so I can see over the consul rail when semi-seated on the Ulmanns...(they do sit quite high).Realy worth doing!
Also I'd definitely say The Rain Off absolutely works for me!..I put it on my screen and Visor..(a tip)...if its realy Rough,put it on the inside of the Visor too!
It did wear off after a few Hours though.
With an Experienced Capable Boater (Avocett) in another well founded/spec'd Boat (RC750)
in our two boat Flotilla....all we had to do was enjoy the Ride!! and an extra night in France!...Oh and the Wives enjoyed it too!!