Interesting video, CG small boat search techniques explained and with an actual drill on the water.
That was a great episode. I really enjoy this guy’s stuff.
The boat crew is using a device similar to a nautical slide rule to calculate the course to use for each leg (it’s at about 11:10 in the video. Here’s a screen shot:
The center part shows the legs to be run and can be rotated like a nautical slide rule to find the true course to be steered (outer ring).
The narrator calls it a “nomogram” but based on a quick skim of Wikipedia that doesn’t appear to be the correct term.
According to Wikipedia a nomogram is:
a graphical calculating device, a two-dimensional diagram designed to allow the approximate graphical computation of a mathematical function.
There’s one on the DMA radar plotting sheet for calculating speed / time / distance.
The navigator uses dividers or a straight edge to solve r * t = d. Paper charts also had a similar one.
Don’t know if there is a specific term for the device used in the video but based on the Wikipedia definition it’s a “simple analog computer”.
Analog computers can have a very wide range of complexity. Slide rules and nomograms are the simplest, while naval gunfire control computers and large hybrid digital/analog computers were among the most complicated