Maritime Bookshop Nautical Instruments
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Solid brass pencil compasses and  navigation dividers

Solid Brass Pencil Compasses Marine Chart Dividers.

The Maritime Bookshop stock solid brass pencil marine compasses and both single handed and straight navigators chart dividers which are brass with s18/8 stainless steel tips. The pencil compasses are M.O.D NATO pattern approved. High quality and made in the United Kingdom these navigators instruments are the ideal choice for the professional navigator and discerning yachtsman. Click on the image to the left or here to see the full range of brass compasses and dividers

Parallel and rolling rulers

Parallel Rulers Brass and Braked Rolling Rules.

We are pleased to offer a comprehensive a range of quality parallel rulers from the economy Middy parallel rulers for the beginner to our premier NAVY solid brass rolling rule. We have available for immediate shipping acrylic rolling rulers and braked rolling rulers in various sizes including CSR M.O.D approved parallel and rolling rulers, protractor rulers as well as Blundell Harling Captain Fields Pattern Parallel Rulers. All our Parallel and rolling rulers are British made and some are MOD NATO pattern approved. Click on the image to the left or here to see the full range available

British made professional chart work instruments

Breton Course and Portland Plotter Kits

Breton course plotters Portland course plotter Kits and our budget chart work kits which consist of a Blundell Harling course plotter and a set of 7 inch straight brass dividers, are a popular choice for the yachting and sailing fraternity. We also stock a professional navigator’s plotter that incorporates a protractor and pointing arm. All plotters are made in England and are made of UV resistant acrylic a must if your plotter remains on the chart table exposed to the sun. . Click on the image to the left or here to see the full range of chart work instruments available in store.


Blundell Harling navigation triangles squares protractors

Marine Navigation Protractors Squares Triangle

Marine chart work using a square or more accurately 2 navigator’s triangles are a very fast and accurate way to plot a course or lay off a bearing. The Maritime bookshop stocks a range of marine navigation squares navigation triangles Hurst and Douglas protractors as well as the conventional 360 degree navigator’s protractors. Made in the United Kingdom of UV resistant Acrylic these are the perfect solution for the small bridge or wheel house where space is at a premium.You can visit the navigation squares and triangles category by clicking on the image to the left or on this

Chart table weight in solid marine brass

Chart Table and Chart Work Accessories.

Solid brass chart weights. Our brass chart weights are available both round and oblong grace any chart table. Speed-Time-Distance Calculator Standard Portland 7" option or 11" NATO style option. Chart correction stencils for Admiralty Charts, rare to find these days, chart correction stencils are made of UV resistant PVC. The correct pencils 2 B Beryl Mirado recommended for all chart work and plotting purposes as well as Staedtler propelling pencils with soft 2B leads and erasers that won’t destroy your expensive charts. These chart work tools accessories are available from The Maritime Bookshop just click here.

carbon steel deck knife and spike

Carbon Steel Deck and Rigging Knives & Knife and Marlin Spikes Combinations

For hundreds of years the deck or rigging knife and spike has been the tools of the professional mariner. Forget the heavily chromed designer knives you find in your local chandlery or provider you will never get or hold an edge on them. This range of knives are made of top quality carbon steel by Companies of professional cutlers in Sheffield England and believe me once honed you can throw your razor away. We have available M.O.D approved rigging knives, The famous Green river deck knife, traditional carbon steel seaman’s knives as well as knife and spike combination sets and divers knives. Marlin spikes are carbon steel and are sold singularly or in pairs and marlin spikes come with a choice of either chisel point or needle point Click here to see the full range of Carbon Steel Sheffield made rigging and deck knives.

Navigation skills learn more  online learning

"New" E Learning Resource. Learn Chart Work and Navigation. Tutorials. Free IALA Buoyage and International Code of Signals Examiner

By popular request we are from 2017 producing a series of short informative pages to help some of our newer customers use their chart work instruments and tools and develop their navigation skills. These pages and tutorials are not designed as a formal course and are more supplementary or for the novice and beginner the include subjects such as plotting a course, laying of a bearing, latitude and longitude, Mercator and plane sailing, magnetic deviation and compass variation, IALA Buoyage and Flag quizzes to mention a few.

The Maritime Book Shop Nautical Chart Plotting Instruments