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Old 16 October 2005, 11:19   #1
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Compass?

Is a compass a "necessity" I didnt get one put into my boat because i have no real use for it...and im not the best at using it heh. whats the point if you dont have a map or charts or anything?
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Old 16 October 2005, 11:43   #2
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Is a compass a "necessity" I didnt get one put into my boat because i have no real use for it...and im not the best at using it heh. whats the point if you dont have a map or charts or anything?
you called me a dumbass and a asshole or something similar when i responded to one of your other "interesting" questions you put as a thread on here.

i cant wait to see the responses you get to this latest question of yours....

fantastic keep it up you are one in a million!
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Old 16 October 2005, 12:31   #3
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Is a compass a "necessity" I didnt get one put into my boat because i have no real use for it...and im not the best at using it heh. whats the point if you dont have a map or charts or anything?
I,m sorry to say you have rather opened yourself up for riddicule that is if anyone replies
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lol #1 i dont care what anyone on these forums think of me i just want advice #2 your still a dumbass and an asshole
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lol #1 i dont care what anyone on these forums think of me i just want advice #2 your still a dumbass and an asshole
thanks and i will take that as a compliment coming from you!!

let me take a stab at answering your question for you

if you cant use a compass, but intend to learn then i would suggest getting one

if you are never going to learn how to use it or get any maps or charts etc then indeed why buy one unless you believe it will make your rib prettier

as a suggestion, keep these questions that you post and the answers you get, keep them in a safe place for a few years and when you are older and slightly more mature take them out and review them and see what you think.

good luck with your boating

is your name Richard Cranium by the way?
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Would be essential and pretty reliable if you get stuck out in thick fog. For example, If I was in the channel, just south of the isle of wight and the fog closed in all I would need to do would be to look at me compass (which won't run out of batteries like a plotter will) and head north ish.

Without a compass, in thick fog you can get very very disorientated very quickly and that could get nasty. I would get one...why not?

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Would be essential and pretty reliable if you get stuck out in thick fog. For example, If I was in the channel, just south of the isle of wight and the fog closed in all I would need to do would be to look at me compass (which won't run out of batteries like a plotter will) and head north ish.

Without a compass, in thick fog you can get very very disorientated very quickly and that could get nasty. I would get one...why not?

Tim
see stuff like that is useful Thanks
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Firstly if you cant read a chart get some training so you can,. don't the Coatguards in th estates do something?

Your choice is between a fixed or handheld compass, I used a handheld for quite a long time and in fact still do! Although my botes do have fixed compass fitted! Don't get fooled into thinking you can use the compass facility of a GPS cos it tells you were you have been not were you are going!

If you go for fixed then mount it on your console as far away as possible from any electronics or cables as they generate an electromagnetic field (EM)which affects you bearing. (thats why I check with th Handheld)

If you have loads of money and like Gadgets then you can get a Fluxgate device which loses the problem with (EM) field

Good makes to get would be Plastimo or Ritchie but make sure you check the model out on the Website to ensure it is waterproof and hopefully shockproof
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handheld ones seem good enough for the maybe 1 time i use it
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I was caught out in the solent on the portsmouth side in fog with out onw, very unnerving, get one and look at it as a safety device almost - I was lucky
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