What is a Course Recorder?

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

Features of the course recorder are as follows.

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


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