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    Re: Boxing the Compass by Points
    From: Nigel Gardner
    Date: 2001 Nov 23, 4:11 PM

    DB --"-divided into 4 divisions"
    NG----"Three actually"
    I am sorry Dale, I was bit slow on the uptake, the three sub-points of
    course divide the point into 4 parts.
    As a side cultural issue, it is interesting to note that even in these days
    of expressing bearings in degrees how many of our phrases and actions are
    still in points, Russels's comments about nav-lights for example (except
    for seaplanes) and 'West',  'South-East' and so on are in common day to day
    use.  Cars with compasses generally give the read-out in points although
    usually just to nearest cardinal or quadrantal. The older skippers will
    still say 'bring her off the wind a couple of points' when a more accurate
    instruction id not necessary.

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