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Old 01-30-2016, 11:17 AM
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I just wonder how many folks have a permanently mounted lighted compass in their boat to aid in navigation, in case your electronics have some sort of fit and aren't working for you, when you are in the middle of the night in a storm and want to get back home safely??

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Old 01-30-2016, 11:23 AM
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I prefer a sextant myself
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:04 PM
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Spend the majority of my fishing time on the Great Lakes wouldn't be without one. Have had the pleasure of using it a couple of times. Very thankful it was available.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:11 PM
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Praying to the gods usually shows me a direction to go, sometimes a sacrifice is needed, which doesn't make whoever with me happy.

no permanent, but I carry one or two handhelds.

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Old 01-30-2016, 01:52 PM
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Not a permanent one but my boat has one in a possibles box.

Ice fishermen should also carry one. I use to fish a lot way way out on Keweenaw bay and when the wind just blows a little you can't see shore. When it blows really hard combined with a little bit of snow in the air it can be a recipe for disaster.
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:10 PM
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I don't fish at night, or on water over 10,000 acres, so I do not.

If I fished the Great Lakes, I would definitely have one in the boat as a 4th backup to my dash mount GPS, smart phone, and hand held GPS, but I doubt it would come to that. Think I have one in my spare parts bag.
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:29 PM
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Default Davis handheld

I have never been without one on board . Before GPS we plotted spots and course with these. Then toss in fog, blizzards, and electronics failures ....

I have a couple of Davis handhelds with lexan sighting bar . Great tools.
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Old 01-30-2016, 02:33 PM
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Old 01-30-2016, 03:17 PM
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I have never been without one on board . Before GPS we plotted spots and course with these. Then toss in fog, blizzards, and electronics failures ....

I have a couple of Davis handhelds with lexan sighting bar . Great tools.
Yes - I've had a compass in my different boats for over 40 years. It was a great insurance policy when fishing Lake Superior - if fog came up, you could always find shore in a hurry.

On a smaller, round, 3000 acre lake my friend and I were going duck hunting. Fog, calm as glass, and dark as could be. We put in at the north landing and were going to cross the lake to a river mouth on the south side. it seemed like we traveled for a long time and then we hit a boat wake!

WTF - what other idiots would be out here so early on a day like this? I shut the motor off and we couldn't hear a thing. It finally dawned on us that it was our wake! We kept going and came right back to the landing - one big circle.

So we sat in the truck and had doughnuts and coffee until it got a little lighter out. Since then I've had a compass in the boat.
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Old 01-30-2016, 05:09 PM
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Yup ...mounted compass plus a hand held GPS plus electronic GPS. Surprising how I use the compass while trolling and staying on a course. Sure I use the electronic GPS but quick reference the compass.
I fish the Great Lakes and think it is a necessity for big water.
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