Well known as the “HOCKEY PUCKS” they have long been the most famous and popular handbearing compasses of all time. There are two models available: the original Mini 2000, and the W&P (Weems & Plath) compass. The former has a larger translucent area over the compass card allowing a slightly brighter image. While both models are made by the same Company and have nearly identical designs, the W&P model takes advantage of a more economical manufacturing process. These key features of the compasses are very important to understand, and set these compasses apart from other handbearing compasses:
DAMPING – The lightweight card, floating in a special high gravity spirit oil stabilizes on-bearing quickly, and with minimal overshoot.
PARALLAX & ACCOMMODATION – The compass card is optically focused at infinity, so that bearings can be read in sharp focus with the target, and without the need for a lubber line.
LIGHTING – A light activated phosphor provides illumination without batteries.
SIGHTING – The infinity focus obviates the need for holding at arms length during disturbed conditions at sea. With no lubber line to aim, instant bearings can be read, even on a flashing light. One degree graduations take the guesswork out of accurate bearings. Size 3″ diameter. SW 0.5 lb.