Hand Bearing Compass – Do You Need One? | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵ [Gear]

Hand Bearing Compass – Do You Need One? | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵ [Gear]

Hello, in this video we’re going to talk
about hand bearing compasses: why we think it’s a good idea to have one on
board; what you can use them for; and why we like this particular model. Some of
you might be thinking “This is the 21st century who cares about compasses?” I can
see why some people would think that these days a lot of navigation is done
electronically, however, GPS is not infallible… Also a
boat could lose its electrical system in which case you may be completely without
GPS. Let’s look at some of the things that we can do with a hand bearing
compass. Let’s say that the white-hulled boat over there is a supertanker, and
it’s heading in our general direction, but we don’t know if it’s on a collision
course or not. All you need to do is take a bearing of the vessel with your hand
bearing compass and then leave it a few minutes, take another bearing – if the
bearing hasn’t changed then you’re on a collision course, regardless of which way
your bow is pointing, so you need to take evasive action. If, on the other hand, the
bearing is changing then the ship is going to pass in front of you or behind
you depending on what the bearing is doing. So that’s one use for a hand
bearing compass: to avoid collisions. The next thing a hand bearing compass can be
used for is to give you a position fix. If we want to pinpoint our current
position, we can take a bearing on the headland over there, and then we can take
another bearing on this inlet here which is marked on the chart, and then with
those two pieces of information we can plot our position on the chart. Every boat-mounted compass has some
deviation, which is an error induced by magnetic fields on the vessel itself. Using our trusty hand bearing compass we
can work out what the errors are on the main boats compass and then we can make
up a deviation chart so that we know what course to steer allowing for
deviation. There are several different reasons we
like this particular model of hand bearing compass. First of all, we have
had this since 2007 I’m renowned for breaking things I break
lots and lots of things quite often and this is perfectly intact so that’s now
twelve years old so that’s stood the test of time very
well. It floats, if you happen to drop it. The best thing about this for me is that
this has an infinity prism, so rather than hold out the compass at arm’s
length and try and focus on what you’re looking at in the distance and then
focus on an arm’s length away compass, to try and get a reading of it, with this
one you actually hold it right up to your eye and while you focus on the
object that you’re looking at this is automatically in focus and I’ll show you
now with a camera, but bear in mind that with the human eye this works
fantastically, with a camera I may struggle a little bit to get across how
good this is, but I’ll do my best for you. So let’s say we want to take a bearing
on the eastern-most crane at Thames port which is this one. What you’ve got to do
is focus on the crane with your eyes like you normally would, and then you
just bring the hand bearing compass up to your eye, and as you do that the
Infinity prism does its magic and you get a very easily readable bearing. So
yes if your boat is moving around it’s not going to be as stable as this, but it
does give you a really accurate way of reading the direction of the object. This
model has plenty of friction when you hold it in your hands whether they’re
wet or dry or whether you’re wearing gloves or bare handed, so that’s very
good: you don’t want to be be dropping this. It’s also got a lanyard, so you can put
it around your head so you’re less likely to lose it and you can have it to
hand quite easily could have this under your ‘oilies’ and pull it out when you need
it, so that’s really nice. So, for all those reasons, I highly
recommend these. I’ll put a link in the description of this video to where you
can buy this exact model of compass, and if you purchase through that link we may
get a small commission on qualifying purchases, so thank you very much if
you’re going to do that. Regardless of that this is an honest review, like I say
we’ve owned this into 2007 we absolutely love it and we wholeheartedly recommend
these to anybody. That’s it then subscribe for more of our informative
videos and we’ll see you in another video very soon. Ciao! you

19 thoughts on “Hand Bearing Compass – Do You Need One? | ⛵ Sailing Britaly ⛵ [Gear]

  • November 15, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Good info, thanks!

  • November 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

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  • November 15, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Second everything you said, whilst AIS is great this can be much easier to use on deck to check for collisions. Andy UK

  • November 15, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Be careful of ‘Spectacle Deviation’ when using a hand bearing compass. The metal in some glasses can give deviation of bearing.

  • November 15, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Watch out Chris, you've got a magnetic personality ………..

  • November 15, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Hi from Robin Hood country(Nottingham),Very nicely put Chris and as a 72 year old man even I could understand what you said.😂😂,best wishes to the family,stay safe👍

  • November 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    this is so cool! Thank you for sharing!

  • November 15, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Video doesn't open?????

  • November 15, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hello Britaly family always nice to see you. Chris another great tip. Safe travel you three.

  • November 15, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Snap! Same as. GPS function is not a given. As you know it can be switched off or encoded in "special times". If you get a lightning strike, things will all go wobbly. It is then, your want to be using old school dead reckoning and a decent hand bearing compass. With a chart and a depth sounder or lead line. Good advice guys too much reliance on IT and electronics these days. How many can read the sea state, waves and clouds these days? Its basics but you would be surprised. Be good to see some videos on old school navigation we have yet to see someone do the basics well. Sail Safe guys. See you in the Med soon. Ant, Cid & the Pooch crew.

  • November 15, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    ….. a great tool … the thing I'm surprised one does not see being used for practice, one hears about the fear of being struck by lightning, but not sextant practice and plotting and crosschecking with the chart plotter …. just an observation ….. hey Great informative video Chris …. have fun be safe, save our oceans ……

  • November 15, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    "We"or "You" as I don't think Rossella bothers with it that much haha

  • November 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Good tip

  • November 15, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Hi mate great work
    The hand bearing compass is your best friend
    I agree entirely
    Generation gps is all good until it don’t power up, hand bearing compass with a hand grip with locking rings are great because if you’re a blind guy you can aim, lock and read it later downstairs at the table at leisure but I like your compass for good eyes people it’s great will last forever
    Great video mate

  • November 16, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Nice i have the same one 6 years now.

  • November 16, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Who says that a compass is useless, is because he doesn't know how to use it!

  • November 16, 2019 at 9:24 am

    yep that is a very handy compass, have it on the boat too, was a present from a friend when i achieved my first boat.

  • November 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    another smart video guys

  • November 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Just for interest, what is an infinity prism? Thanks for the video.


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