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jcricket posted 02-05-2008 04:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for jcricket   Send Email to jcricket  
I had recently purchased a 1977 Whaler 17'. Installed was an Airguide compass in an aluminum housing which looks to be authentic to the 70's era. The compass appears to be intact except that it needs to have the fluid refilled.

If anyone is intersted I can forward a pic and will sell for postage and any modest amount offered.

Thanks for your interest and I hope this helps someone complete an authentic restoration.

Rick Dewees posted 02-05-2008 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rick Dewees  Send Email to Rick Dewees     
My 1977 Montauk originally had a red Ritchie Explorer. Now have black Ritchie Explorer on boat and red one in a box. Never heard of Airguide.

Might be nice but don't know that its original.

dscew posted 02-05-2008 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew  Send Email to dscew     
I've seen a few vintage Whalers with Airguide compasses on them, always the same model, with a black crinkle finish. I wonder if they were one of the earlier options, although I've never seen them in Whaler brochures. My 1974 Katama still has its original red Ritchie, which I only get out on Sundays...
Yiddil posted 02-05-2008 09:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
D...not sure which one I have on the 1964 3 12939...its in some of the pics Ive posted sop i think its not the richie ones...could be original...but not sure...came with the "Cygnet"
jcricket posted 02-06-2008 01:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jcricket  Send Email to jcricket     
I started this post. The compass is an Airguide and may have been a crinkle finish or chrome. Compass says Airguide Chicago USA EW P4551 and came off a Montauk 17'-1977. I have pics of the compass for anyone interested.
Sorry, don't know how to post them here (newbie). Just e-mail me for the pics. Thanks, jcricket

CES posted 02-07-2008 07:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for CES  Send Email to CES     
I have an Airguide on my Whaler as well. Mine too needs fluid. How do you put fluid into these things?

jeffs22outrage posted 02-09-2008 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jeffs22outrage  Send Email to jeffs22outrage     
My 1976 Newport has an Airguide as well. It was installed when new so I assume it was a dealer installed option not from the factory. It is the front view type with removable top. AirGuide2.jpg AirGuide1.jpg AirGuide3.jpg

I am considering getting rid of it and replacing it with a Red Ritche Explorer to match the red rub rail on the boat.

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