coordinates for geokit

i'm trying geokit and loving it, but i'm seeing really odd stuff on
distances, I'm wondering about the coordinates i've got in my DB. I
don't think they're standard format, they look like this.

east 6'41.6 north 45'24.8

Can anyone advise please ?

I think geokit wants lat,lng as floats (or something it can easily
convert into floats with to_f). It's hard to tell from the API whether
distance_from is processed in rails or using SQL trig functions. Since
geokit does a lot of processing on the database side rather than in
rails, it may be easier if you can find some way to store your data in
that format.

Also: this may be get you more expert help with geokit: