Originally Posted by Bootneck
Anyone use these new digital handheld compasses, instead of the normal H/H magnetic ones ?
Maybe a better question would be "has anyone actually used a handheld compass for real on a RIB?"
I've got an Iris 50 which is a nice bit of kit, but I've [i]never[/b] had a reason to use it other than making severely cocked hats during training courses. I think they are of limited use in a RIB, and I certainly wouldn't bother with a digital handheld compas.
The Silva 70
compass is a good choice for a small RIB, as it can be used either fixed or handlheld. Plastimo do one similar too.
If you have console space, then I'd suggest the biggest Plastimo Offshore compass that you can fit.
To actually answer your question (!) the only one I have used was built into a very expensive set of binoculars, and was pretty handy for taking accurate bearings. Still only of limited use IMO.