Nautical Instruments

While electronic navigation chart advances are an important milestone in the science of nautical navigation, many mariners carry on the traditions associated with navigation by plotting a position and a course on a paper nautical chart. They accomplish this task using traditional marine navigation tools, including: compasses, chart dividers, rulers, protractors, sextants, chart plotters, binoculars, chronometers, star finders, and more.

Most large commercial ships use electronic navigation methods as they are required under the SOLAS convention to use ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. However, many navigation officers and smaller, recreational vessels continue to work with traditional nautical charts to navigate and plot their courses using the same basic, yet ingenious, nautical tools used by ocean-sailing mariners for centuries. It is important that mariners remain knowledgeable on the use of these navigation tools in case the need arises to use paper nautical charts. It is good seamanship for mariners to know how to use these nautical tools work and to pass on that information to the next generation. 

High-quality modern nautical tools also make great gifts for anyone with a love of maritime history. Any sailor who uses traditional navigation techniques would appreciate receiving these items as a gift. 

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  • $579.95 $699.99
    We have searched the world over to bring you the highest quality brass bells with built-in longevity. Hand-crafted in Northern Italy these 12 inch brass bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. These brass bells have a high copper content which makes t...
  • $29.95 $36.95
    The 18” Aluminum Arm Parallel Ruler features aluminum arms and handles. The aluminum parallel ruler is manufactured to a 1/4" thickness and 18” length. The high-quality construction of the aluminum parallel ruler is backed with a lifetime warranty. An essential item in any proper navigation kit,...
  • $235.95 $250.95
    The 3.5x40 Sextant Scope is an excellent general purpose scope at a great value for use with Tamaya sextants (sold separately). Corrosion-resistant black finished aluminum Two year warranty
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    This 5 Inch Fixed Point Divider is a matte nickel-plated, brass divider that is lightweight and ideal for all applications. Also available in 6 inch and 7 inch  Lifetime warranty
  • $10.95 $13.95
    Sometimes referred to as a Douglas protractor, the Square Protractor is best suited for rapid plotting of courses and bearings in a confined space. Notations can be easily made directly on matte plastic surface with pencil. Constructed of durable, transparent plastic with instructions included....
  • $54.95 $64.95
    This chart magnifier is the perfect aide in reading small print on charts, maps, and documents of any kind. The Brass Magnifier Chart Weight is a forged brass ring which encloses a 5x magnifying lens. The brass is brushed and lacquered so that it will not tarnish or show fingerprints. The bottom ...
  • $17.95 $21.95
    The 6 Inch Fixed Point Divider is constructed of lightweight matte nickel-plated brass. All our navigation tools are reliable, easy to use and come with a lifetime warranty. Also available in 5 inch and 7 inch  
  • $18.95 $21.95
    The 6 Inch Removable Point Divider is constructed of lightweight matte nickel-plated brass. All our navigation tools are reliable and easy to use. Also available in 5 inch and 7 inch Lifetime warranty  Dimensions:   6" (152mm) Weight:...
  • $109.95 $138.95
    We have searched the world over to bring you the highest quality brass bells with built-in longevity. Hand-crafted in Northern Italy these 6 inch brass bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. These brass bells have a high copper content which makes th...
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    This 6 inch brass bell mounted on a high gloss mahogany finish presentation plaque is a distinctive way to acknowledge accomplishment in any field of endeavor. The white hand-tied monkey fist lanyard lends a nautical touch to the award. Our in-house engraving service is available to customize the...
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    This carefully designed pencil compass has been accepted by the British Ministry of Defence and is supplied to NATO forces as standard equipment.Manufactured from solid brass with a non-magnetic stainless steel point.The pencil grip has been designed to hold a variety of pencils including chinogr...
  • $22.95
    The traditional hand divider, manufactured from solid brass with non-magnetic stainless steel triangular points.
  • $119.95 $148.95
    We have searched the world over to bring you the highest quality chrome bells with built-in longevity. Hand-crafted in Northern Italy these 6 inch chrome-plated bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. These stunning bells have a high copper content wh...
  • $154.95 $199.99
    Sound the bell to acknowledge the accomplishments of a recipient of this stunning presentation plaque. This distinctive award is an Italian crafted chrome-plated brass bell mounted to a high-gloss black wooden plaque. The blue or white hand-tied monkey fist lanyard lends a nautical touch to the p...
  • $399.95 $419.95
    This 7x35mm Prism telescope fits Tamaya, Astra IIIB and C. Plath sextants. The increased magnification of this scope allows the sun's diameter to appear larger. It also better defines a distant horizon as seen from a ship, helping the navigator determine the point of tangency of the Sun's limb a...
  • $25.95
    These 7” brass dividers have a straight pattern and are lightweight, matte nickel-plated. The brass dividers are ideal for all applications.
  • $149.95 $184.95
    We have searched the world over to bring you the highest quality brass bells with built-in longevity. Hand-crafted in Northern Italy, these 7 inch brass bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. These brass bells have a high copper content which makes t...
  • $140.95 $199.99
    We have searched the world over to bring you the highest quality silver bells with built-in longevity. Hand-crafted in Northern Italy these 7 inch chrome-plated bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. These stunning bells have a high copper content wh...
  • $21.95 $24.95
    The 7 Inch Removable Point Divider is constructed of lightweight matte nickel-plated brass. All our navigation tools are reliable and easy to use. Also available in 5 inch and 6 inch Lifetime warranty  
  • $39.95 $46.99
    Every seasoned navigator has a pair of these attractive one hand brass dividers on his chart table. 7 inches long One-hand brass dividers can be opened and closed with one hand while performing chart work Handle is brass Tapered sides are bright finished marine alloy ...
  • $44.95
    Any of our brass or chrome instruments with a base size up to 5.75 inches look stunning mounted to this 7 inch round Mahogany finished wood plaque.  
  • $29.95 $34.99
    The 7 inch Straight Pattern divider is made with brass arms and polished stainless steel tips. Adjustable tension hand-sharpened points Dimensions:   7" (178 mm) Weight:   0.2 lb. (91 g)    
  • $329.95 $399.99
    Hand-crafted in Northern Italy these 8 inch brass bells meet the United States Coastguard requirement for any vessel between 39.4 feet and 65.6 feet in length. These handsome bells are guaranteed to please you with their richness of sound and beautiful finish. They have a high copper content whic...
  • $21.95
    This carefully designed pencil compass has been accepted by the British Ministry of Defence and is supplied to NATO forces as standard equipment.Manufactured from solid brass with a non-magnetic stainless steel point.The pencil grip has been designed to hold a variety of pencils including chinogr...