It was a warm lovely autumn day on Wednesday 19 May when John MacKinnon, Compass Adjuster NZ, drove the scenic route from Katikati to Whitianga to do compass swings on two of DOC's runabouts. Sunny day, low swell and very nice people to work with. The compass on Triplefin needs replacing but I removed some of the error on N/S and E/W headings. Three of the intercardinals were problem children and we are hoping a new compass will help cure this. The compass on Kuaka was fine and after a couple of hours or so on the harbour it was time to go home to face the paperwork.