Weems and Plath Hand Bearing Compass Product Review

The Hand bearing compass is a trusted tool used by sailors to verify positioning, determine if you are securely at anchor on a collision course or verifying your position as a back up to the GPS. The Weems & Plath Hand Compass (model 2004) stands out among other bearing compasses as accurate, durable and compact. The Weems & Plath 2004 compass is easy to read either day or night. It's held close to the eye so it's stable and it's clearly readable even if you wear glasses.

The compass is armored with a brightly colored yellow and blue rubber housing that protects the compass and makes it easy to find. The Weems & Plath hand bearing compass is a hockey puck style compass that is light weight and easily to stow in a jacket pocket or around your neck. It's easy an unobtrusive to wear or stuff in your pocket. This makes the compass easy to have handy and ready to take a bearing. I prefer the hockey puck style (vs. pistol grip) because you can hold it close to your eye to take the reading which is a very steady position as opposed to styles that require holding it the compass away from your body. This increases the degree of difficulty in getting an accurate bearing is the boat is in rough conditions.

This style hand bearing compass is held against your cheek to take bearings which can be easier to take accurate bearings, particularly on a rocking vessel. The Weems & Plath hand bearing compass is similar in appearance and quality to the Plastimo Iris 50 hand bearing compass. The Weems & Plath model 2004 hand bearing compass is for the northern hemisphere only. At less that $ 150, this is a real quality navigation instrument that you will be happy to have on board.

This Weems & Plath hand bearing compass features:

  • Compass comes complete with directions for use, a compass calibration certificate, and a compass lanyard for neck or wrist.
  • Convenience. A heading can be quickly determined by looking straight down at the compass and reading the course shown through the magnifying lens.
  • A stable bearing appears in the prism in perfect focus day or night. easy to plat a bearing accurate within 1-2 degrees.
  • A liquid-dampened card with photo luminescent night lighting that quickly charges by placing the compass for just a few seconds under bright light. No batteries are required for this Weems & Plath compass.
  • Contrasting black and red numbers on the hand bearing compass card make it quick, clear and easy to read.
  • To take the bearing of a point, the compass is held near the eye and read down the line of sight. Easier than the arms length bearing compasses in rough conditions.
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Weems & Plath factory certified – accurate to within 1 degree


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