gary eudy wrote:
yes i do know what a compass does however most/all of the time a Hobie could do without one
You're right that most
of the time a Hobie sailor can do without a compass, but when you need it, you'll be damn happy you have it. I recall an ocean regatta probably 15+ years ago when we were racing and the fog rolled in. You literally could not see more than about 50 feet in any direction. Talk about spooky.
More recently, about three years ago, we had a bay regatta where a T-storm rolled in, the rain started dumping to total whiteout conditions, lightening strikes were all around. Boats were totally disoriented, and many (myself included) ended up on the opposite side of the bay, miles away from our launch.
In each case, a compass would have been very beneficial. Compasses are cheap, simple, and don't rely on batteries or get shorted out when dunked in the ocean. I now always carry one when I sail in the ocean. As I said, it's good to know which way is West.