What is a Course Recorder?

Course recorder is navigational equipment for automatically recording the course of vessel over period of time. The record is done on continuous paper belt. The recorder is operated  from  a gyro compass or a remote magnetic compass.

Features of course recorder are as follow.

  • No lubrication required on account of simple mechanism.
  • Every watch the officer is to check whether the correct course is being recorded & pens are full of ink.
  • Course recorder clock always to be set on GMT.
  • To be switched off in port.
  • Date, time & place important. Start up should be noted.
  • Should not run out of paper.