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Why do I need a compass?

The magnetic compass is an essential navigational instrument. On the water, knowledge of direction is of vital importance, especially when visibility is poor or visual clues of direction are not available. A correctly functioning magnetic compass shows the vessel’s heading. The magnetic compass is independent of power supply, making it a most reliable navigational instrument. The compass is also a key tool for determining the risk of collision (Colregs rule 7).