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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  • $124.95 $139.95
    The Endurance Chrome Comfortmeter displays both temperature and humidity on the dial showing conditions that are ideally "comfortable." The thermometer displays temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius on the left scale, and the hygrometer shows percentage of relative humidity on the right. Th...
  • $139.95 $149.79
    The Chrome Endurance Comfortmeter displays both temperature and humidity on a generous size dial showing conditions that are ideally "comfortable." The hygrometer shows % of relative humidity on the right scale and the thermometer displays temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius on the left. T...
  • $219.95 $230.99
    Utilizing the largest dial size of the Endurance collection, the brass 145 Barometer/Comfortmeter combines a barometer with a thermometer and hygrometer in one instrument that is easy to read. The comfortmeter portion of the dial measures temperature and humidity while the barometer displays baro...
  • $139.95
    Light, strong and durable, the Endurance II Comfortmeter in brass finish monitors both temperature and humidity either indoors or outdoors. This instrument is designed to indicate perfect comfort conditions when both hands cross in a limited area of the dial, the COMFORT Zone. The thermometer, di...
  • $169.95
    Light, strong and durable, the Endurance II Comfortmeter in brass finish monitors both temperature and humidity either indoors or outdoors. This instrument is designed to indicate perfect comfort conditions when both hands cross in a limited area of the dial, the COMFORT Zone. The thermometer, di...
  • $199.95
    Light, strong and durable, the Endurance II Comfortmeter in brass finish monitors both temperature and humidity either indoors or outdoors. This instrument is designed to indicate perfect comfort conditions when both hands cross in a limited area of the dial, the COMFORT Zone. The thermometer, di...
  • $239.95 $299.95
    The traditional marine Weather Station is perfect for any boater or outdoorsman who wants to monitor the weather at a glance. This functional yet attractive set gives the user three essential elements in the weather equation: air pressure, air temperature and relative humidity. Three traditional ...
  • $184.95 $221.99
    The Porthole Weather Center is a great gift for anyone who likes to keep an eye on the weather. This three instrument porthole weather station includes a quartz clock, barometer and comfortmeter (thermometer/hygrometer) set in solid hard wood with mahogany finish that can be wall mounted or stand...