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acseatsri posted 08-19-2001 07:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for acseatsri   Send Email to acseatsri  
My compass has no fluid in it. It is a nice Ritchie binnacle mount. Anyone know what to fill it with? I was thinking of baby oil.
Sam Collins posted 08-19-2001 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sam Collins  Send Email to Sam Collins     
I think this fellow might be able to help.
reelescape1 posted 08-19-2001 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
LarrySherman posted 08-19-2001 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Its mineral spirits. Most compass mfgs also add and anti-fungal to prevent the compass from getting cloudy. If you do it yourself, you have to gett a gallon or two of the stuff, put in a big pot, and assemble the compass while it is compleatly immersed. This is the only way to do it withoug getting air in the compass.
sorcerer posted 08-20-2001 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for sorcerer all your compass questions answered.

Suggest you send it to Ritchie for repair

acseatsri posted 08-20-2001 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Thanks for all the replies! The knowledge exhibited on this board is truly amazing. I think I'll take the last suggestion and send it to the manufacturer for repair. Although I have electronics to guide me, I think an accurate compass is an ABSOLUTE MUST in the event of electronic failure.
sr posted 08-20-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
I'd be interested in how much ritchie charges for a repair. Our ritchie failed leaving the inside of the console smelling of strong mineral spirits. I opted for a new one, but may consider a rebuild instead, next time.
acseatsri posted 08-20-2001 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
I'll let you know soon. I found a repair shop on Ritchie's website that is nearby. I still can't believe the knowledge contained on this website! Many thanks to JimH and all the participants!
acseatsri posted 08-21-2001 08:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Got a price today. It appears the diaphram blew (rubber piece on bottom which allows expansion and contraction of fluid). If it just needs to be resealed and refilled, figure about $80. If it needs a new card and bearings, figure about $120. If it needs a new dome, figure another $20. Compass is a Ritchie Binnacle mount, Model #DNB2000, DOM 1988. Inudderwoids, if it needs a complete rebuild, figure 1/2 the price of a new one. He recommended buying new compass if it were a cheaper model. Hope this helps someone out there.
sr posted 08-21-2001 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for sr  Send Email to sr     
Thank you for the info. I have about a $100 compass. Really thought hard about upgrading, but the limited console space ended up being the deciding factor. Good luck on the rebuild.

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