Choices in Plotting ToolsBeginners typically ask which plotting tools they need. It’s a good question, because the available range of tool types is greater than one would likely need. For example, parallel rules, rolling plotters, course plotters, triangles and plotting board pantographs all do essentially the same thing; that is enable you to draw a line in a prescribed direction on a chart. Dividers and compasses measure distances on charts.

As facility and experience is acquired, navigators will gravitate toward one tool or another to fit individual preferences, navigation station constraints, or desired accuracy. Our suggestions for the beginner are as follows below. Those with experience will have their own idea of what they want.

An economy minded beginner might want to start with our chart kit (Item #4605). This will allow exposure to the greatest number of tools for the least cost. Once a preference is developed, higher quality versions can be bought, and the chart kit used for spares. An alternative would be to buy either the parallel rules (Item #4603) or the course plotter (Item #4304), and the ultra-light dividers (Item #4206).

Plotting Accessories

Pocket Quick Reference Cards

$9.99

Plotting Accessories

Spare Halogen

$8.00

Plotting Accessories

Maneuvering Board Manual

$15.50

Plotting Accessories

Maneuvering Board

$10.95

Plotting Accessories

Radar Transfer Plotting Sheets

$10.95

Plotting Accessories

TSD Computer

$4.95

Plotting Accessories

Vecta-Rose – Pack of 12

$12.00

Plotting Accessories

Vecta-Rose – Pack of 6

$7.00

Plotting Accessories

Nautical Slide Rule

$21.00

Plotting Accessories

Vectormaster

$41.00

Plotting Accessories

Emergency Navigation Card

$14.95
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Plotting Accessories

Clock Chart Weight (Nickel)

$54.00
Out of stock

Plotting Accessories

Compass Chart Weight (Nickel)

$42.00

Plotting Accessories

Clock Chart Weight (Brass)

$54.00

Plotting Accessories

Compass Chart Weight (Brass)

$45.00

Plotting Accessories

Chart Magnifier

$29.00

Plotting Accessories

Chart Measurer Protective Case

$10.00

Plotting Accessories

Chart Measurer

$38.00

Plotting Accessories

NaviTote

$25.00