A magnetic compass is the most important piece of direction finding equipment a master can have, particularly in bad visibility or out of sight of land.
Keep magnetic compasses away from large metal objects – such as engines or anchors – to avoid inaccurate measurements.
Electronic equipment such as a GPS and battery-operated hand-held devices are useful supplements, but can fail when electrical power runs low.
Under the Marine Safety Act most classes of recreational vessels – including power boats, sailing boats and paddle craft – must be fitted with a compass, when operating on coastal waters more than 2 nautical miles from the coast.
Was this page helpful?
Thank you, your feedback is valuable to us.