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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  • $283.95 $349.95
    A wonderful way to decorate the interior of your home with a nautical flare or to mount in the bow of your boat this Dutch-made electric interior boat light displays both starboard (green) and port (red) color lenses in a stunning solid brass fixture that is polished and lacquer finished to ensur...
  • $262.95
    The Dutch-made Electric Anchor Lamp is a versatile lamp that can be used both indoors and outdoors, and with the provided guide eyelets, it is also hoist-able. The Anchor Lamp is constructed of solid brass with a polished and lacquered finish to ensure a long lasting shine. The glass that protect...
  • $89.95
    The Oval Brass Bulkhead Light is manufactured by Foresti and Suardi in Italy. This versatile light fixture is rugged enough for exterior used, but rich looking enough for the main salon. The frosted glass lens of the oval brass bulkhead light is protected by a brass framework and is mounted with ...
  • $250.95
    This Dutch-made electric starboard side light is an elegant way to keep your vessel safe and compliant with maritime laws. The solid brass fixture is polished and lacquer finished to ensure a long lasting shine. It is fitted with a green lens that designates starboard (right) side, and it can sta...
  • $250.95
    This Dutch-made electric port side light is an elegant way to keep your vessel safe and compliant with maritime laws. The solid brass fixture is polished and lacquer finished to ensure a long lasting shine. It is fitted with a red lens that designates port (left) side, and it can stand alone or h...