Steering compass

The compass is an indispensable instrument in marine navigation: it allows the helmsman to follow a relatively precise course and to orientate himself in case of reduced visibility. A magnetic course compass is mandatory when sailing more than 6 miles from a shelter. In the coastal zone within 6 miles of a shelter, the magnetic compass may be replaced by the GPS but at Picksea we don't recommend this choice as it is difficult to follow a course on a GPS indication.

HOW TO CHOOSE A STEERING COMPASS FOR YOUR BOAT?

To choose a magnetic compass for your boat, several criteria must be taken into account:

  • Type of boat: The differences in sea behaviour between a sailboat, a motorboat and a typical light boat kayak For example, sailboats need a compass that will work even with a large heel angle, while motorboats need a compass that can withstand the shock of speed. For example, sailboats must have a compass that works even with a large heel angle. For motorboats, compasses must be able to withstand the shocks associated with speed.
  • The program and the navigation area: If you plan to sail at night, you will need backlit compasses. For long distance cruising, you need to worry about the navigation zones on the globe. For example, compasses for navigating in the southern hemisphere have a different design than those used in the northern hemisphere.
  • The size of the compass: Depending on the distance between the helmsman and the compass, it may be necessary to choose a larger compass so that the helmsman can see the compass indications correctly.
  • Installation and mounting of the compass: Depending on the boat builder's specifications, you will have to choose a compass that can be installed on a barrel, a stirrup or even at the foot of the mast... There are many possibilities with the different manufacturers.

IS IT NECESSARY TO MAKE A DEVIATION CURVE OF ITS COURSE COMPASS? 

If you are using the course compass for long offshore sailing, it is strongly recommended that you know the magnetic disturbances of the compass and establish the deviation curve. Indeed, a deviation of 3° over a distance of 50 miles causes a deviation of 5 miles at the finish. It is therefore necessary to have the ability to maintain the most accurate course possible. To learn how to set up a deviation curve for your boat, you can take the free online training course "Setting up a deviation curve easily" from the Picksea experts on the learn-to-boat.com.

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Ritchie Navigation's Bulkhead Sport Compass</h2> <div class="fiche-txt">This compass is to be embedded in vertical or inclined surfaces up to 45°. Waterproof, it is ideal for motorboats from 5 to 8 meters. It has a high-strength steel pivot and built-in compensation.</div> <div class="fiche-txt"></div> <h2>Features of the Ritchie Navigation Bulkhead Sport Compass</h2> </div>
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    Compass Sport for bulkheads

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  • <h2><span>Offshore 115 and Olympic 115 compass barrel</span></h2><p>This compass barrel is suitable for compasses <a href="https://www.picksea.com/fr/accastillage-et-navigation/accessoires-de-navigation-bateau/gps-compas-mesure/compas-route-magnetique/compas-offshore-115-plastimo-32041.html">Offshore 115</a> and <a href="https://www.picksea.com/fr/accastillage-et-navigation/accessoires-de-navigation-bateau/gps-compas-mesure/compas-route-magnetique/compas-olympic-115-plastimo-32043.html">Olympic 115</a> from Plastimo. Made of plastic, it allows you to transform a built-in compass into a barrel compass easily.</p>
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    Fût pour Offshore 115 et Olympic 115

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  • <h2><span style="font-family:'novecento_wide_medium', sans-serif;font-size:20px;">Olympic 115 compass for sailboats from 6 to 12m</span></h2> <div class="product--header--col right"><form id="product_addtocart_form" action="https://www.plastimo.com/fr/checkout/cart/add/uenc/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cucGxhc3RpbW8uY29tL2ZyL2NvbXBhcy1vbHltcGljLTYyNzMuaHRtbD9fX19TSUQ9VQ,,/product/8809/form_key/c0kS5vRVr8VVemqJ/" method="post"> <div class="product--view--caption entry mCustomScrollbar _mCS_1"> <div id="mCSB_1" class="mCustomScrollBox mCS-light mCSB_vertical mCSB_inside"> <div id="mCSB_1_container" class="mCSB_container" dir="ltr"> <div class="pvc-description entry"> <p>Plastimo's Olympic 115 flush mount compass provides a very stable and reliable reading, regardless of the angle of heel and weather conditions. It is mounted flush to the deck on a horizontal plane. Sleek design and minimal space requirements for perfect integration on deck. <strong>Optional barrel mounting:</strong> you only need to purchase the appropriate barrel (<a href="https://www.picksea.com/fr/accastillage-et-navigation/accessoires-de-navigation-bateau/gps-compas-mesure/compas-route-magnetique/fut-compas-offshore-115-olympic-115-plastimo-32044.html">ref PL-61000/ PL-61001</a>).</p> <p>All parts treated against UV rays, scratch resistant dome. A magnetic compass is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>MANDATORY in coastal navigation from 2 MN from a shelter<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>(<a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/content/182-choose-and-check-your-safety-material">Division 240</a>). SOLAS-MED approved, it is also suitable for professional fishing boats and commercial vessels.</p> <h2>Olympic 115 Compass Features</h2> </div> </div> </div> </div> </form></div>
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    Olympic 115 Compass

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  • <h2 class="product--view--title">Offshore Compass 105 for powerboats from 5 to 10m</h2> <div class="product--view--caption entry mCustomScrollbar _mCS_1"> <div id="mCSB_1" class="mCustomScrollBox mCS-light mCSB_vertical mCSB_inside"> <div id="mCSB_1_container" class="mCSB_container" dir="ltr"> <div class="pvc-description entry"> <p>The famous Offshore 105 compass from Plastimo is found on most open hulls, RIBs, motor cruisers and power catamarans. It is equipped with a retractable cover to protect it. It can be adapted to all helm stations or dashboards and offers optimum readability. Magnetic equipment mounted on a shock absorber, for excellent resistance to shocks and vibrations. A magnetic compass is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>MANDATORY in coastal navigation from 2 MN from a shelter<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>(<a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/content/182-choose-and-check-your-safety-material">Division 240</a>).</p> <h2><span>Characteristics of the Offshore 105 compass</span></h2> </div> </div> </div> </div>
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    Offshore Compass 105

    • €198.88
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  • <div class="pvc-description entry"> <h2><span>Offshore 115 compass for powerboats from 8 to 12 meters</span></h2> <p>Offshore 115 Plastimo compass in a very compact flush mount version with integrated 3-part sliding cover. <strong>Optional barrel mounting</strong> : you just have to buy the adapted drum separately (<a href="https://www.picksea.com/fr/accastillage-et-navigation/accessoires-de-navigation-bateau/gps-compas-mesure/compas-route-magnetique/fut-compas-offshore-115-olympic-115-plastimo-32044.html">ref PL-61000/ PL-61001</a>). SOLAS-MED approved, it is also suitable for fishing boats &amp; professional ships. A magnetic compass is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>MANDATORY in coastal navigation from 2 MN from a shelter<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>(<a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/content/182-choose-and-check-your-safety-material">Division 240</a>).</p> </div> <div class="pvc-frame entry"> <h2 align="left">Characteristics of the Offshore 115 compass</h2> </div>
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    Offshore Compass 115

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  • <h2><span>The Offshore 95 compass for powerboats from 6 to 10 m.</span></h2> <p>The Plastimo Offshore 95 compass is available as a horizontal flush mounted version or on a bracket. For the flush mounted version, the compass has a very compact design. Its drilling diameter is compatible with that of the Offshore 90 and other main compasses on the market. For the bracket-mounted version, it has a wide and robust base that dampens vibrations. It can be screwed in at any angle, simply ensuring that the compass/pink assembly is horizontal. To make the caliper compass removable, it is also possible to attach it to the bracket. A magnetic compass* is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>MANDATORY in coastal navigation from 2 MN from a shelter<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>(<a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/content/182-choose-and-check-your-safety-material">Division 240</a>).</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Offshore 95 compass</h2>
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    Offshore Compass 95

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  • <h2>Offshore compass 75 flush mounted or on bracket</h2> <p>Whether mounted on the horizontal plane or on a bracket, the offshore compass 75 is very compact, solid and easy to install thanks to its screw fastenings. A magnetic compass is<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>MANDATORY in coastal navigation from 2 MN from a shelter<span class="apple-converted-space"> </span>(<a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/content/182-choose-and-check-your-safety-material">Division 240</a>)</p> <h2><span>Characteristics of the Offshore 75 compass</span></h2>
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    Offshore Compass 75

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  • <h2>Plastimo Offshore 55 Compass</h2><p>The ideal steering compass for powerboats up to 6 metres</p><h2>Characteristics of the Offshore 55 compass</h2>
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    Compass Offshore 55

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The famous Contest 101 compass to help you stay on course!</h2> <p>This Contest 101 compass, for sailboats of 9 meters and more, is very practical with its possibility of double reading from the cockpit or the cabin. It can be mounted on any type of bulkhead and is compatible with the drilling of its predecessor, the Contest 100 compass.<br />It has some very interesting technical features: an integrated bulb to light up the rose, absolute waterproofness with its Vuiton membrane, anti-UV treated parts, 3 aliads and finally, an anti-theft system!</p> <h2>Features of the Plastimo Contest 101 Compass</h2> </div>
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    Compass Contest 101

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>A compass specially designed for kayaks!</h2> <p>This compass is specially designed to accompany you on your kayak trips, it is mounted on a bracket and is attached to the kayak's lifeline with the elastic bands and hooks fixed to the compass. The compass materials are UV treated and the dome is scratch resistant. The rose is reliable in all weather conditions!</p> <h2>Features of the Plastimo Offshore 55 Compass</h2> </div>
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    Compass Kayak Offshore 55

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Compass suitable for light boats under 9m</h2> <p>This compass is specially adapted for sailboats with its 3 alidades. No need to drill a hole to embed the compass, 3 screw holes are enough. The cell can be dismantled after each of your outings.</p> <h2>Features of the Plastimo Mini-B Olympic Compass</h2> </div>
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    Mini-B Olympic Compass

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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Tactical compass suitable for light boats from 8 to 12 m</h2> <p>This compass, inspired by the famous Contest 101 compass, combines the functions of a classic course compass and a tactical compass. It is suitable for light and sporty boats from 8 to 12 m. Its parts are UV treated and its dome is scratch resistant.</p> <h2>Features of the Plastimo Contest 101 Tactical Compass</h2> </div>
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    Compass Contest 101 Tactical

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