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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  • $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.  
  • $199.95 $259.95
    This Mahogany finish ship clock base has round brass feet and elegantly displays any instrument from the Weems & Plath Anniversary Collection. A special design feature allows the ship's bell chime to resonate from the clock so the sound is heard clearly. The keyhole in rear of the ship clock ...
  • $126.98 $155.99
    With its lacquered mahogany finish, this beautiful wood citation plaque enhances the display of two brass or chrome instruments. The plaque can be mounted horizontally on a wall or boat bulkhead. Instruments sold separately For two instruments with bases up to 6.5 inches (165 mm) diameter United...
  • $122.98 $151.99
    With its lacquered mahogany finish, this beautiful large wood plaque enhances the display of two brass and chrome instruments either vertically or horizontally on a wall or boat bulkhead. Instruments sold separately For two instruments with base dimensions up to 6.5 inches (165 mm) diameter
  • $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,...