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Updated: 04/10/2014 08:00:00AM

Take care of your compass

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By Dave Nielsen

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A few weeks ago, I was chatting with one of the captains at work as he looked over a magnetic compass that was to be installed on the new tow vessel he was building. He was looking at every angle — no pun intended — with an eye to its installation on the dashboard. He commented that it was going to be a tight fit between all the other gauges and electronic equipment.

I tried to suggest that there are also electronic and digital compasses available that may make placement an easier fit. His reply was, “Are you nuts, dude?

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