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    Hi all,

    Really quick question for you all, some of you know why, for others all will be revealed in the next few weeks!

    So, deckies, if you have, or were to buy, parallel rules for college, what length would you go for?

    Thanks!

    Chris

    PS: Sorry to disappoint. I know the thread title suggested a MUCH more interesting post.
    9
    12"
    0.00%
    0
    15"
    11.11%
    1
    18"
    44.44%
    4
    21"
    11.11%
    1
    24"
    33.33%
    3
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  • #2
    Triangles.

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    • #3
      I would say that the 24" are too long for first time users and the 12" is too short and so leads to more "walking" and more chance of error. I can use 24" no problems at all but years of practice gave me that skill. Try a pair of 24" - start at the compass rose - walk to the edge of the page and walk back. If you are within a degree then you can use them ok. First time users will be 5 degrees out at best.

      Personally I would recommend 18"

      Ian
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      • #4
        Personally I use triangles but 18" parallel rules would do me. Big enough to be useful, small enough to fit in my bag.

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        • #5
          As has been mentioned, from a practical point of view 18" are probably the best. 12" are a bit small but they are a lot more portable and 24" are great when you are using them but I bit of a pain to carry around...so 18" seems like a fair compromise. All IMO of course.

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          • #6
            The longer the better IMHO!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by size4riggerboots View Post
              The longer the better IMHO!
              But that is only because you are so experienced in handling them and have been for years, and years, and......

              I'll get my coat...

              Ian
              "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
              "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

              "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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