Folding Kayaks Forum

The user forum for FoldingKayaks.org
It is currently Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:07 pm

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Silva 70 un compass
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:30 pm 
Brotherhood of the Golden Paddle

Joined: Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:05 pm
Posts: 1379
Location: South Salem, NY
I've wanted one of these since I first saw them in a Klepper ad. I found and purchased one this past summer and finally tried it out a couple days ago. I had been waiting to use it because I hadn't mounted the holder anywhere on the boat yet. When I realized I had misplaced the mounting bracket I finally decided to heck with it and put the compass in my 'go bag' for the next paddle - to be used handheld.

Holding it in the Klepper AII a couple days ago it worked great. Then the thought occurred to me that I might be able to rest it in the mast hole at the peak of the coaming. It fit great, a little loose, but in the calm conditions it stayed nicely in position for most of the trip. Until I find or order a new mounting bracket I think I'll continue to use this method of mounting with a little foam or rubber to snug it up a bit.

The visibility of the compass is great during the day. My version, the UNE 70, has a light built into it and I haven't tried it at night yet other than in the house. The light is red for night vision which works great, but the sighting lines (lubber lines) on the compass are red as well and I'm not sure how visible they will be at night with the red internal light. Playing with it in the house it didn't seem great. Probably won't try this out at night until warmer weather.

By the way, here in the US the Silva is known as Nexus. Model numbers are the same. I found mine in a navigation supply store around Chicago.
http://www.chicagomarineelectronics.com/Nexus%2070UNE%20Multi%20Purpose%20Compass.htm

So far I like it a lot and haven't found any negative aspects. I'm pretty sure it floats as well.

dennis

Image

_________________
Klepper Aerius II
Klepper T9
Long Haul MK1 Expedition 'light'
Klepper S4 sail rig
Kayaksailor 1.6 +genoa
BSD 36HP


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Silva 70 un compass
PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:16 pm 
Site Admin

Joined: Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:34 pm
Posts: 1694
Location: Southeast Michigan
Thanks for a most informative discussion! I never though about inclination.

Incidentally, I have a Silva 70 I used on two sailboats. It's an excellent design and very flexible as to mounting options as well as easy to see when you're trying to come to a particulr tack. My favorite for taking bearings is the Plastimo Iris 50; I managed to find one on sale some time ago.

_________________
Michael Edelman
FoldingKayaks.org Webmaster


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group