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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  • $9.95 $11.95
    This spare navy blue lanyard snaps on the clapper of the 7 inch or 8 inch (7000C or 8000C) chrome bells. Hand-tied monkey fist detailing is featured.
  • $11.95 $13.95
    This cord lanyard in navy blue is designed for use with the 12 inch nickel bell.  The navy blue cord lanyard includes a traditional nautical hand-tied monkey fist knot.
  • $5.95 $7.95
    This replacement navy blue lanyard is for either the 4 inch or 5 inch brass or nickel bells. The lanyard is a handsome hand-tied monkey fist. Dimensions:  5" long (127 mm)
  • $9.95 $11.95
    This spare white lanyard snaps on the clapper of the 7 inch or 8 inch brass bells (7000 or 8000). Hand-tied monkey fist detailing is featured. Dimensions:  8" long (203 mm)
  • $11.95 $13.95
    This off-white lanyard cord is designed for use with the 12 inch brass bell.  The white lanyard cord includes a traditional nautical hand-tied monkey fist knot to add to the ambiance and practicality of the cord. Dimensions:  11" long (279 mm)
  • $5.95 $7.95
    This replacement white navy blue lanyard is for either the 4 inch or 5 inch brass or nickel bells. The lanyard is a handsome hand-tied monkey fist. Dimensions:  5" long (127 mm)
  • $13.95 $19.99
    Sure Shine is more than a metal polish! It is specially formulated as a one-step application that cleans, polishes, and protects most metals and fiberglass and plexiglass products with an effective coating that is designed to last 3 to 6 months. It contains no harsh acids, caustics, or abrasives,...
  • $19.95 $24.99
    These brass wall brackets are designed for the 12 Inch Brass Bell (#12000). The brass wall brackets are designed to match the brass bell The brass wall brackets include simple slide and lock mounting hardware Extra mounting hardware for the brass wall brackets is available separately Dimensions...
  • $19.95 $24.99
    This nickel wall bracket is designed to hold the 12 Inch Chrome Bell. The chrome wall bracket is designed to match the chrome bell The chrome wall bracket includes simple slide and lock mounting hardware Extra mounting hardware for the chrome wall bracket is available separately Dimensions:  He...
  • $9.95 $14.99
    Spare wall brackets are available to allow flexibility of bell placement. If you want to keep your bell on the boat in the summer season and at home on the wall in the winter you may want more than one of these simple wall mounts. The bell arm slides into the mount and then lifts out easily when ...
  • $4.95 $14.99
    Spare wall brackets are available to allow flexibility of bell placement. If you want to keep your bell on the boat in the summer season and at home on the wall in the winter you may want more than one of these simple wall mounts. The bell arm slides into the mount and then lifts out easily when ...
  • $6.95 $14.99
    Spare wall brackets are available to allow flexibility of bell placement. If you want to keep your bell on the boat in the summer season and at home on the wall in the winter you may want more than one of these simple wall mounts. The bell arm slides into the mount and then lifts out easily when ...
  • $6.95 $14.99
    Spare wall brackets are available to allow flexibility of bell placement. If you want to keep your bell on the boat in the summer season and at home on the wall in the winter you may want more than one of these simple wall mounts. The bell arm slides into the mount and then lifts out easily when ...
  • $13.95 $19.99
    This replacement brass bell bracket fits both our 6 inch and 7 inch cast brass bells (6000 and 7000). The sturdy brass bulkhead or wall brackets allow the bells to be easily lifted from the bracket for removal and storage when not in use. Simply screw the wall bracket to the bulkhead wall with th...
  • $16.95 $24.99
    This replacement chrome bell bracket fits both our 6 inch and 7 inch chrome-plated brass bells (6000C and 7000C). The sturdy chrome-plated brass bulkhead or wall mount brackets allow the bells to be easily lifted from the bracket for removal and storage when not in use. Simply screw the wall moun...
  • $9.95 $15.95
    This spare wall bracket is for the 8 Inch Brass Bell (#WP8000). Dimensions:  Height: 2"Top Width: 2"Bottom Width: 3/4"*Exterior Dimensions*Height: 2"Top Width: 1 3/4"Bottom Width: 1/2"*Interior Dimensions*
  • $9.95 $14.99
    This spare wall bracket is for the 8 Inch Chrome Bell (#8000C) Dimensions:  Height: 2"Top Width: 2"Bottom Width: 3/4"*Exterior Dimensions*Height: 2"Top Width: 1 3/4"Bottom Width: 1/2"*Interior Dimensions*