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GAwhale posted 06-08-2001 11:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for GAwhale   Send Email to GAwhale  
I want to mount a quality compass on my new Montauk. Does anyone have any recommendations?

In Atlanta we don't have the luxury of having many marine stores. A while back I took a drive to West Marine. They had some for approximately $120-$130 with a plastic housing. I purchased a cheap Airguide compass for $12 that installed with two sided tape. It is so unaccurate that I pulled it off last weekend. It does not like to point North. My boat is stored on the trailer under a metal roof. Could that mess up a compass?

If I'm going to drill holes in my new Whaler, I want to install quality. Does anyone hae a recommendation for a good compass preferably with a metal housing?

Kelly posted 06-08-2001 11:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kelly  Send Email to Kelly     
In Atlanta, I would try Boat US at Tilly Mill and Peachtree Industrial, or Boater's World up at Steve Reynolds(I think, the same exit as bass pro but the other side of 85) and I-85. They both can be helpful if the right person is in. Kelly
lhg posted 06-08-2001 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Get a binnacle mount Ritchie compass! This has been BW's chosen brand since day one. For quality, I would recommend either the Helmsman Series, or Navigator series. Their Voyager series is too small. A Helmsman will cost you about $120 and a Navigator about $220., bought right at a place like Shoreway Marine catalog. This is top of the line compass equipment.

You can see a picture of a Navigator installed on my Montauk style console on page 2 of Cetacea.

They also make an electronic digital compass, if you prefer that sylte to the traditional card style.

lhg posted 06-08-2001 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For anybody interested in quality compasses, compensation, etc, is worth a visit. Has info on their product line also.
Scott Leidig posted 06-08-2001 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Leidig  Send Email to Scott Leidig     
Also check where you mount it the tach,radio speaker,and helm affect the swing of the card.It should be at least 10 to 12 inches from these.I know on a Montauk console space is at a premium to say the least.But move it around and try it,preferably the centerline of the boat if possible .
lhg posted 06-08-2001 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Scott - Standard marine design practice usually dictates that a compass, on any vessel, be located on the wheel centerline, if at all possible, the assumption being that the pilot is always standing directly behind the wheel, for exact compass visibilty and accuracy. I know that all Montauks/Outrages/Revenges sent out with the factory compass option used to have a flush mount Ritchie Navigator model installed on the wheel centerline. However, the earlier mahogany center consoled models had the red Ritchie compass on the boat centerline, but this also happened to be the wheel centerline. The smaller sport models are the one situation where it may not always be possible to do this.
Dick posted 06-08-2001 09:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I installed a Ritchie Explorer S53 on my Montauk. It's small accurate and easy to install. As my GPS is my primary navigation tool I feel that this compass is a good back up if the GPS dies.
My thoughts only, but spend the most you can on a GPS and then install a good compass that will get you home if it fails. For most inland waters any Ritchie in the $50 to $100 bracket is plenty good, for offshore I think I would be looking at $100+.
rwest posted 06-10-2001 06:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I recently redit my 30 year old Nauset and wanted an originial Ritchie compass like they used to sell with the Whalers. That model explorer is no longer made according to Ritchie so I got the next best thing. I installed a binicle mounted Ritchie flat card reading #84. Got from Boaters World for about $80. It's good and easy to read from the position on the console. I checked it against my GPS and ran a number of courses plottd from charts and it seems to be accurate to within a couple of degrees which is about as close as you can steer in open water form that size of a power boat underway.


bigz posted 06-10-2001 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Sounds like a nice compass Ron. The deck mount Voyager 84 is slightly larger than the Explorer. Would say on the 16-17 Whalers looks proper. Though the "Explorer" is still available it runs around $40 in either flush or deck mount, strange Ritchie would tell you that! Then again their "Explorer" today may not be the "Explorer of yesterday.

hauptjm posted 06-11-2001 11:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I mounted a Ritchie Explorer Surface Mount with blue 2 3/4" dial on an 18OR, with internal light and movable sun shield. On the 18 I thought about going with the larger Navigator because I was use to these from my other obsession, sailing. Decided, I wanted as much surface area as possible on the console. On Cetacea page 24, you can see the scale.

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