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Old 30 March 2007, 12:20   #1
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Silva Nomad digital compass

Just missed one of these on eBay for 20, are they worth it as a back up?


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Old 30 March 2007, 14:31   #2
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Nah - get a handbearing compass (like a Plastimo Iris 50). Nothing much to go wrong and useful if you need to do any 'proper' navigation.

Mind you, it might depend on what you hae already . . .

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Old 09 April 2007, 13:48   #3
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Although I am quite a fan of these old Raymarine/Autohelm/Raytheon fluxigate handbearing compass.

Although they do need to be dead level to get an accurate bearing. (could be why Raymarine no longer make them)?

Having said that, They have a memory function which allows you to point it and hit the button, it memorises the bearing, do this 3 times and average them out. It can remember 9 in total allowing for a 3 point fix. Also has a stopwatch built in.

But you need to carry spare batteries! They normally sell for between 20 - 35 on ebay.
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