The magnetic compass, yay or nay?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

2 Responses

  1. Eli says:

    For around the cans racing it seems that going with just a tactical digital compass is enough. The one offered by Taktick is quite popular, and I must say that it is great. That said, I have always had problems relying soley on a digital compass or COG data from a gps when I have been stuck in the fog. The update rate is never fast enough to keep a straight course. A few years back I thought I could go without a compass on my fishing skiff, and just rely on the chartplotter that I have onboard. One night I was out fishing with some friends off of Kennebunkport when the fog came in particularly thick. Without anything to look at I found it impossible to hold a bearing. I actually did a few complete circles on the trip back. The addition of a compass has eliminated that problem.

  2. bilbo says:

    I’d like to recommend the guide offered by ritchienavigation:

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