So how do I know my angle of heel? I have two clinometers installed on my sailboat that tell me the angle with just a quick glance. A clinometer isn't necessarily essential for sailing, but it does help to know at what angles of heel your boat exhibits certain traits (top speed, weather helm, etc.). I've got a Model 2056 clinometer from Rieker Instruments mounted just below my engine instrument panel in the cockpit and a Lev-o-gage Sr. from Sun Company mounted on a bulkhead in my cabin down below.
|Model 2056 Clinometer from Rieker Instruments|
|Lev-O-Gage Sr. from Sun Company|
If you're looking for something fancier without so much plastic, you should consider the Weems & Plath Brass Endurance Clinometer.
Both the Rieker and Sun Company clinometers do their jobs simply and accurately. Even if you don't plan to adjust your sailing based on your known angle of heel, it's still fun to put a number with those moments when you're double reefed and the rails are getting wet!
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