Section 3

The Navigator's Compass

This section introduces the compass, a remarkable instrument for navigators. It's a fine talent to be able to use a compass well. You will learn about magnetic variation, a so-called error, and its effects. With this knowledge, the compass becomes a reliable reference for direction wherever you are.

The objective of this section is to understand the compass and the world's magnetic influences on it. It will take you a half hour or so to read this section and about 20 minutes to complete the Test Yourself questions. This section and the next address the CYA's performance objective 7.

3.1 Compass Basics
3.2 Magnetic North and Variation
Test Yourself

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