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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  • $19.95
    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...
  • $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...
  • $76.95 $89.99
    This gallon container of compass fluid is to refill the German C. Plath Merkur or Venus bulkhead compasses.
  • $818.98 $970.99
    This U.S. Coastguard approved, Merkur SR High Speed nautical compass manufactured in Germany by C. Plath is the right compass for fast going craft. It is highly dampened so that it can take the vibrational abuse that occurs at high speeds. The accuracy of indication, lag error, and oscillation pe...
  • $58.95
    This large solid brass pencil compass is perfect for the professional navigator using large charts. Because of its length, with adjustable pencil mount and angled stainless steel point, the pencil compass can draw a 24” circle. The pencil compass was designed by Weems and Plath and made in Ger...
  • $129.95 $185.00
    This Hand Bearing Compass is accurate, durable and easy to use day or night. The colorful sturdy rubber housing protects the compass and makes it easy to find when needed. This versatile hand bearing compass features: Superior damping gives quick and highly accurate readings to within 1 degree In...