On a pleasure boat, the cox is the member of the crew which holds the bars i.e. which maintains the boat in the desired direction. The Barre can be a pintle acting directly on the saffron or a bar with wheel acting on the saffron via Drosse S. the pintle can be prolonged by a stick.
The cox follows the instruction of the navigator who provided him a course to be held. To fulfill its role it uses a compass and possibly other instruments such as the radar, the log, the sounder and the anemometer. The cox must operate the bar to avoid the obstacles (racks, buoys, ships), and to compensate for the effect of the waves, the propeller (walk with the engine) and of the veils (walk under veil) which tend to make deviate the boat of the desired direction. On a light sailing ship the cox moves at sight, by observing the veils, the behavior of the boat and the effects of the wind on water.
On a war or tradind ship, this role is held by the Timonier
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