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Compass Recommendation?

Old 02-25-2012, 03:08 AM
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Default Compass Recommendation?

I have a 23 center console with a t-top, was wondering which compass style would work best, bracket mount, deck mount, surface mount, low profile, bulkhead mount, Sport X??? Is it just a matter of space and personal preference or is one style recommended over the others for a particular reason and/or type of vessel?

What style brand do you use and do you like it or would you change it?

Old 02-25-2012, 03:20 AM
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I always use the bracket mount Ritchie B-51G for years now. I like the blue color which they have switched to black.
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In a lot of cases flush-mount models hinder sight lines the least directly ahead of the helm & generally look better IMO , though that may not be a factor on your CC. One nice benefit of a bracket-mount is if you ever mistrust the magnetic heading it shows, & suspect something ferrous or electrical nearby is causing excess deviation , you can relatively easily take it off the bracket and see if it swings to a more believable reading. (That saved me major grief on a 20+NM small boat trip in thick fog before Loran C was commonly available.) But the bracket-mounts most always look kind of like after-thoughts.

I much prefer the various flat-card models that read heading at the forward part of the card toward the bow. With those it's a snap to judge reciprocal course at a glance at the (upside down ) number nearest you. Obviously that only is a good choice if you have a bit of a down-view to the card top as is most often the case.

A plastic or canvas cover to protect the compass when not in use may help lessen chances of scratches and seal leaks/bubble.

Whatever you install, have it adjusted by a pro or carefully try it yourself with non-ferrous tool to compensate for the inevitable onboard influences.

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