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Compass

a magnetic compass.

To maintain the accuracy of your magnetic compass:

  • make sure it is located away from electrical interference
  • ensure there are no bubbles if it has a wet card
  • check for accuracy after any changes are made to the vessel  

a gyro compass

Gyro compasses should be switched on well before departure and checked often against the magnetic compass.

a hand holding a screwdriver, reaching for a compass.

Any adjustments made must be done by a qualified compass adjuster.

Deviation Tables must be kept up to date, especially after changes in the vessel’s electrical wiring or equipment, or any structural changes to the vessel.

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