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    right, I know I have left this late, but there still is time to get some essentials. Before I commit to buying these, does anyone know where to get a good pair of dividers and a parallel ruler at a very reasonable price?

    I am a deck cadet about to start at Warsash if you wanted to know!

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    I think the college shop sells stuff like that at reasonable prices..... At least thats how i took it in the STC joining instructions.

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    • #3
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      The shop in college at Warsash does not sell this stuff. But the local Warsash Nautical Bookshop does but tbh it's a little bit over priced, a much between place to get the stuff is Kelvin Hughes in Southampton they also have a site online to order stuff.

      Be sure to buy a good compass and protractor too. You'll need them and say hello to Guy King for me he'll be taking your charwork lessons. A seriously good teacher and funny bloke enjoy!

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      • #4
        Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

        Don't forget to buy a Chart protector (long tube thing) from the design shop up the road either. Comes in very handy for CW lessons.

        Get in quick though, they always seem to sell out.

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          online shopping is an amazing thing
          Not all Trade Unionists are left wing, socialists or even ugly

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          • #6
            Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

            to make a cheaper alternative to an expensive chart protector just get a length of plastic drain pipe the sort used on the side of houses (75mm dia) 1mtr length should be pennies from any good hardware store,

            It all I used to use for tech drawing (which uses the same sized paper as map work ermmm sorry chart work ) Only difference is the ens arent sealed, but that isnt a problem to be honest
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            • #7
              Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

              Originally posted by MEJG
              online shopping is an amazing thing
              it is, but I'm unsure what constitutes as a quality pair of dividers and parallel rule, I don't want to fork out for an expensive pair as I might be ripped off.

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              • #8
                Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                http://www.seamarknunn.com/acatalog/Nav ... ments.html

                ^
                a really good website for deckies on a budget
                Not all Trade Unionists are left wing, socialists or even ugly

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                • #9
                  Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                  Can anyone recomend anywhere in Yorkshire/Manchester area? I live in Leeds and want to get these things before I start at Fleetwood next week?
                  Cheers

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                  • #10
                    Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                    You are probably best going to an art supply shop. You will also need 2b pencils, colouring pencils, compasses, protractors, rulers, rubbers and pens as well as your parallel rules and dividers. You might want to try a Portland plotter instead of parallel rules or a pair of triangles, it's all down to personal preference but I like the parallel rules.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                      Does anyone know if there's any preferred size for the parallel rules?
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                      • #12
                        Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                        Now there's a good question....I've been wondering that myself!

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                        • #13
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                          It depends, you can get a smallish one that will fit nicely into your schoolbag but then you have to "walk" it on your charts a lot more which can lead to errors is you have shaky hand syndrome after a night out, or you can huge long ones which will involve much less "walking", more scope for drawing very long lines on your passage plans but then it won't fit in your bag and I have been known to accidentally snap these by getting them caught on things. It's personal preference once again.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                            On the subject of bags - any recommendations? Does it need to be big? Is there much to lug around?

                            The joining instructions don't make things terribly clear - there's talk of set squares (for deckies?!), dividers/compasses (how many? what type?) etc...
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                            Need books, Flip Cards or chartwork instruments? Visit SailorShop.co.uk!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Recommended dividers and parallel rule

                              Just a normal sized schoolbag type rucksack will do. Dividers for measuring distances on charts, compasses for marking off ranges, 2b pencils for ease of rubbing out, protractor for measuring bearings, set squares can be used as an alternative to parallel rules, chart tube for lugging around your practice charts so that they don't get damaged, a small ruler is handy for radar plotting as I used to find that the sheets had been photocopied so many times that the scales bore no relation to what they actually should be. Bring plenty of ringbinders, notepads, plastic wallets and whatnot.

                              Bear in mind that if you aren't to do chartwork in your first phase then don't bother splashing out on parallel rules and stuff as they can be expensive. You might be able to hire the stuff from college or buy them second hand from cadets who are finishing and qualified.

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