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Old 07-31-2004, 07:17 PM
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I have to replace An electronic compass( Azimuth )--just wondering can I drop another Reg type--Ritchie super sport 2000 in the same place. The Azimuth was never thru the glass, but the Ritchies need a cut out. Will the Yammi tachs mess the Ritchie?? 8-12 inches away, the wiring would be closer underneath in console. Any input would be helpful. thank you. The Azimuth was great but started to crap out, the only fear with an electronic compass.
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Old 07-31-2004, 09:37 PM
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Anytime you do an electronics install on your helm, its a good idea to have the compass calibrated.
That said, even after the installation you see below, my compass was only off by 5 degrees. I actually expected it to be a lot further out with all the new gear nearby...



If the deviation is small, you can sometimes do the adjustments yourself. If you don't feel comfortable making the adjustment yourself, hire a pro to make it right.

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Old 07-31-2004, 11:21 PM
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This thread brings up a good question that I've had for some time. How can I check the calibration of my compass? It's installed very near some other electronics.

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Old 08-01-2004, 06:49 AM
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treedawg asked...

How can I check the calibration of my compass?
The quick-and-dirty way is to compare the mechanical (magnetic compass) with the electronic (GPS/chartplotter), and compare the two.
Professional calibration companies use much more sensitive tools. Here is some reading to get you started:

http://www.ritchienavigation.com/service/faq.html
http://www.lincolnsonline.com/article29.html
http://www.nortekusa.com/compass.html
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Old 08-01-2004, 07:35 AM
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Megabyte, thanks for the reply. I will definately try to calibrate, as best I can. That was the nice feature of the Azimuth was the dead accuracy. Down side is electronic. Good shot of your helm, my distance is about the same as your Yammi gauges, with no other elctronics near it.
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Old 08-01-2004, 09:06 PM
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If you have a VHF on board, just be sure to keep it about 3' away. Just installed a compass about a foot away from my VHF and it went crazy. Now I've gotta figure a new place for the VHF.
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