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A (compass) rose by any other name

Things have been quiet here as the cold weather sets in prematurely and work seems to have me working on the nicest days of the week.. even if that day is one of my usual days off. I usually have off Mondays and Tuesdays, this coming week both of those days are going to be sunny and warm.. think I have off Monday and Tuesday? Not a chance, I have off next weekend when it is supposed to be cold and wet. I begin to think it is a conspiracy

Enough about bad thoughts… way back when, if you remember, I removed the cheap Ritchie compass from the cabin bulkhead and filled in it’s hole. I never cared for it’s location and the tiny compass that was there seemed hard to read unless you were right ontop of it.. fine if you are on a port tack, but awful if you are not. What I wanted was a larger compass and something centrally mounted.

I played with the idea of mounting it on the aft wall of the bridgedeck..  but it seemed a bit too low and easily bumped there. I even thought of mounting in the top of the bridgedeck, but I did not want it near any metals that might get stored in the cabin, nor did I want anybody stepping on it.. then I found the solution on the Herreshoff Azura.

Azura's compass

So now all I needed was a compass. While it is not nice and aged bronze, I found myself 5″ Danforth Constellation Compass on eBay that was too good to pass up. It is over twice the size of the small Ritchie compass that was on flirt when I dragged her home, and is in almost perfect shape..

Danforth Compass

Danforth Compass

So now it is just a matter of building up an inverted cone out of glassfibre, and carving out a wooden plinth for it to set into and I will always know what direction Flirt is headed.. whether I want to go there or not

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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