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NH Andy posted 01-31-2007 08:34 AM ET (US)   Profile for NH Andy   Send Email to NH Andy  
Bought a left over 2006 Sport 150. Its in storage so I cannot measure it. I'm looking for a compass that will fit in one of the cup holders. Thank you for your advice. Andy
Phil P posted 02-01-2007 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil P  Send Email to Phil P     
This tip from Moe worked perfect on my '05 150 Sport.If you remove the cup holder,A Ritchie F-50 compass willfit into the existing hole.
Fish Stick posted 02-01-2007 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
The Ritchie F-50 is the cleanest installation, and you can connect the internal light as well for night time use.

However, I choose to leave the cup holder.

I bough the next size smaller compass with a mounting bracket. Promptly removed the mount and put the compass in a foam beer cooler.

Cut the cooler down to the right height and it fits the cup holder perfect. Nice and snug.

The compass is now removable for those ocasions when drink holders are at a premium.

-Joe

rbm posted 02-05-2007 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for rbm  Send Email to rbm     
i like the foam holder idea..what was the specific compass model that you used?
Fish Stick posted 02-06-2007 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
rbm,

I believe the compass is the Ritchie Trek, Surface Mount Black TR-33-CLM. [url] http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/10001/-1/10001/73070/10001/149/137/14[/url]

It is 3" in Diameter and will fit the beer coold just right.

-Joe

BarryGreen posted 02-07-2007 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for BarryGreen  Send Email to BarryGreen     
Just a thought, but I sure hope you guys either mark or (preferably) devise a positive "keying" method to ensure that the compass body always faces dead fore-aft after you place it in the drink holder. If it doesn't you might as well just leave it stowed in your bag.

Barry

Fish Stick posted 02-07-2007 03:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fish Stick  Send Email to Fish Stick     
Barry,

This is not loose in the cup holder. It is wedged in nice and snug. The foam cooler needs to be thick enough to hold it in place so it doesn't bounce or move.

Yes you should try to line up the indicator with the center line of the hull.

On the 150 Sport console, the holder is very close to, if not on the center line. But because of the side console, for an accurate reading, I need to lean over to line up the compass reading with the bow. I don't actually focus on the indicator. It is just a close reference. Lining up a spot on the bow, directly in front of the compass is most accurate.

Realistically, the compass is only to back up the GPS. It is not often small boats are out of sight of land and actually need to navigate with instruments.

You can be sure, however, that when I do venture out of visual range, the compass is in place and ready, should the need arise.

-Joe

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