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Tactical Compass overview

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Jackdaw, Mar 11, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Last week I presented a seminar at WYC on the latest advances in Tactical Racing Compasses. About 35 people showed up to listen in. The fun part was I had examples of all the devices, and did a show and tell that also let people touch and use them all in one place.

    seminar.jpg

    Here's a link to the presentation I gave.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/kz2cxxk9spskczw/WYC_Compass_Babcock_10.pdf?dl=0
     


  2. topcat0399

    topcat0399

    Joined Aug 22, 2011
    992 posts, 69 likes
    MacGregor Venture V224
    US Cheeseland
    Nice work. Reminds me of all of the Land Nav courses (or attended) I gave while in the army.

    Difficult to teach a tanker that you have to get off the iron to read a damn compass!
     


  3. LakeShark

    LakeShark

    Joined Sep 15, 2016
    321 posts, 106 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Minnesota


  4. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Nice compasses. For racing you will need two of them, as they are designed to be mounted on the side decks just in front of where the driver sits. A single one is very hard to see on most boats. and unless you mount it on the centerline, quickly reading the numbers for either side is a real pain. And quickly reading the numbers is the name of the game. My eyes are focused on the telltails AND the compass 95% of the time.

    KVH also makes this type in a Fluxgate version... About $500 each. Downside is that you still need a mechanical backup.

    KVH01-0148-2T.jpg
     


  5. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Like here. With the mast-mounted compass in the line of sight with my tell-tails, I can keep the boat in upwind mode, and at the same time know if we're knocked or lifted.

    upwind.jpg
     


  6. LakeShark

    LakeShark

    Joined Sep 15, 2016
    321 posts, 106 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Minnesota
    Thanks @Jackdaw for the advice. I am planning to mount it on Velcro for the time being to see how it works and if need be move it from side to side for now. If it works great a 2nd one is not hard to get. However I did have one other crazy idea over this long winter. Why cant I mount it backwards on the stern inline with the tiller. I realize the bearing for navigation is not useful but since I am on a lake and only using it for tacking purposes would this work? I thought again of making it portable. Being on the stern it would be easily readable and out of the way of everything upfront. So how crazy am I?
     


  7. BobbyFunn

    BobbyFunn

    Joined Apr 16, 2017
    282 posts, 136 likes
    Hunter 170
    US Tampa
    Send me the option list for a free boat.

    While im going over the options i'd like, someone here can design a bluetooth compass that reports the boat heading to my smartwatch. Might as well show wind vectors as well.
     


  8. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    The iRegatta Pro app does that. Has a Apple Watch app.

    iRegatta watch.png
     


  9. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Huh. I didn't realize that those Ritchie tactical compasses were so affordable. $60?? Wow I'd get two. You could mount one behind you, but who wants to be looking backwards all the time. Getting used to the reversed bearings would be hard. You really want it in your line of sight.
     



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