Tel: 847/697-6491


31 N Alfred Ave

Elgin, IL  60123


About Us

Why Choose Us

Great Lakes Compass

Adjusting & Repair

Since 1985

providing navigation expertise to Midwest & Great Lakes mariners

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For over 35 years, GLC has been the Great Lakes prime source of  advice for compass care.  We are experts in coastal and celestial navigation.

Since 1985, Great Lakes Compass provides trusted advice about mariners most important navigation instrument.   A proper compass raises navigation confidence and assures the safety of vessel and crew.  Great Lakes Compass can help.

Trust this,” said Tom (Black), “but nothing else.” He meant the compass. “Instruments can go wrong.” he said.... “But don't mistrust the compass – your judgement will never be more accurate than that needle. It will tell you where you ought to be going and the rest is up to you.”,
                --- Beryl Markham, West With the Night, 1942
Tom Black was Beryl Markham's flight instructor. In 1936, Markham was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic east to west.

What Great Lakes Compass does:

  • compass repair
  • compass adjusting
  • sailmaking palms
  • leather covers for SS wheels