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Bearing compass

The bearing compass is an instrument that is considered indispensable for being able to take stock of the situation on board a yacht. It allows you to know the direction of a landmark in relation to (magnetic) North: by tracing the directions of several landmarks on the chart with your slash rule or its Breton rapporteur. The position of the boat can be easily determined. The bearing compass is also used to check if you are (or are not) on a collision course with another boat. Finally, it is also used a lot in sailing and racing to optimize its trajectory in relation to the wind.


The bearing compass has a sighting device (usually "magnifying") which is positioned in the direction of the sea wall or ship whose magnetic direction is to be taken. All that remains to be done is to read the magnetic direction indicated by the graduated crown in the sighting device. Before taking this measurement on the nautical chart to plot the measured bearing, don't forget to add or remove the magnetic declination value.

Recommendations for using a bearing compass: beware of magnetic disturbances which can distort the measurements (metal glasses, mobile phone, proximity of the engine or a VHF antenna, etc.) and if the sea is rough, set the compass at the point on the boat which moves the least (for a sailing boat, for example, this is often the mast foot).


At Picksea, we have chosen to offer you, first and foremost, bearing compasses known for their reliability and accuracy: these are VION compasses such as the famous "Mini Morin". These compasses are well known to the trainees of the most famous cruising schools. These compasses will ensure accurate measurements, almost without errors, thanks to a proven design, quality components and manufacturing (magnets, damping liquid, compass rose, luminescent marking, ...).

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  • <div class="fiche txt"> <h2>The light and transportable compass for regattas</h2> <p>Universal compass that can be mounted on any flat surface. Has a shockproof protection. Ideal for all types of boats (light dinghies, canoes, kayaks).</p> <h2>Detailed features of the Plastimo Iris Tactical compass</h2> </div>
  • <h2>The VION Mini 2000 - "Mini Morin" bearing compass</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">This Vion Mini 2000 bearing compass is the famous "Mini Morin" famous in all cruising schools. Renowned for its solidity and reliability, it will find its place in your chart table and will assist you efficiently in your coastal courses.</p> <h2>Features of the VION Mini 2000 bearing compass</h2>
  • <h2>The VION AXIUM 3 Bearing Compass</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The Axium 3 compass from VION is the "rolls" of the bearing compasses. This model is well known among French boaters for being both solid and extremely reliable. With the Axium 3, you will get all your measurements right the first time!</p> <h2>Features of the VION Axium 3 bearing compass</h2>
  • <h2 id="prod-h1" class="prod-name">Navigator's Equipment Pack</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>Whether you are sailing on your own boat or on a charter boat, this pack provides you with all the equipment you need to prepare and manage a coastal, offshore or even deep-sea cruise.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Features of the Navigator's Equipment Pack</h2>
  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The Iris 50 compass, a great classic from Plastimo!</h2> <p>This bearing and orientation compass is a great classic from Plastimo! The international press and skippers are full of praise for it! Very solid with its anti-shock protection, it is also very pleasant to use and reading on the rose is easy and precise even in rough seas. In addition, a maintenance-free photoluminescent light without batteries or radioactive tritium is integrated into the compass.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Plastimo Iris 50 Compass</h2> </div>
  • <p style="text-align:justify;">The Harken Wet Notes notebook is a great solution for any sailor who wants to keep track of sail trim while racing. With water-proof, tear-proof paper, Wet Notes allows you to keep track of everything under any conditions and fits in your pocket. Next time you're on the water, consider this cheat sheet.</p>

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