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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  • $16.95 $19.95
     Here's what our TransGraphics Nautical Chart Correction Kits can do for you:   Easy to place the desired symbol on the chart and rub it on with a coin or pencil     Eliminates the use if pens and india ink     Symbols will not smear as they are not water soluable     Enter your favorite Lora...
  • $99.95 $119.95
    The Coast Guard Kit includes five of the most popular navigation tools that the U.S. Coast Guard uses, all in one convenient package. The Coast Guard Kit is a must-have for anyone performing search and rescue operations. Included in the Coast Guard kit are: one #176 Ultralight Divider/Compass o...
  • $159.95 $197.95
    The Elegant Navigation Set is a perfect gift set for the new boat owner or perhaps a retiring commodore. It is assembled with the finest brass ONE-HAND DIVIDERS and deluxe brass arm PARALLEL RULES plus a liquid filled brass compass placed in an elegant deep red mahogany finish wooden box that is...
  • $33.95 $35.99
    The Millennium Navigation Kit contains a pair of 6 inch dividers, a 6 inch compass and spare leads in a protective vinyl case. The two tools in this navigation kit are top quality German-made instruments that include unique ergonomic and adjustable features. Construction is polyamide/glass fib...
  • $24.95 $26.95
    Roll it, fold it or hang it, the NaviTote will keep your Weems and Plath navigation tools in good order. It works beautifully as a navigation tool caddie at the chart table.Made with Tough Duck, a PVC backed polyester duck fabric, for added strength and durability this navigation tool bag incorpo...
  • $169.95 $199.95
    All the marine navigation tools you need for safe and easy navigation in one handy kit. Assembled with the serious navigator in mind. Only from Weems & Plath. This kit includes one of each of the following instruments: 90 Paralock Plotter 120 Parallel Plotter 176 Ultralight Divider 501V VE...
  • $44.95 $49.95
    The Basic Navigation Set provides the essential navigation instruments required for basic navigation, such as finding your position and your range and bearing to a destination. The set, packaged in a clear, reusable plastic case, includes four tools: Weems Protractor (#255) (an updated vers...
  • $53.95 $59.95
    All the basics for charting and navigation functions are found in the Primary Navigation Set. This mix of tools for navigation is a tremendous value. Features our best selling Ultralight Divider for measuring distance, a milled 12" parallel ruler for determining accurate course lines, the Nautica...