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Selecting and installing your compass RITCHIE® - Magnetic compasses

Selecting and installing your compass

SELECTING AND INSTALLING YOUR COMPASS

When you choose your compass, you should always consider four things: mounting style, size, readability of the card and the design of your boat.

 

MOUNTING STYLE

  

DASH MOUNT BULKHEAD MOUNT BRACKET MOUNT

Ideal for powerboats with limited dash space

Often used on sailboats to reduce interference with lines and to save space

Can be mounted on the deck or dash; allows compass to remain at proper viewing angle

FLUSH/SURFACE MOUNT BINNACLE MOUNT

Ideal for today´s compact helm designs

Features an outer case, often with a light-shielding hood

 

DIAL DESIGN
Dial dimensions refer to apparent dial diameter.

 

FLAT-CARD DIAL DIRECT-READ DIAL COMBI-DIAL

Allows you to look down on the compass to see the course heading

Allows you to see the compass heading and lubber line from directly in front; good for when boat design requires your compass to be positionated at eye level

A combination of the direct-read and flat-card designs; incorporates dials that can be read from both above and directly in front of the compass and maximizes readability from any angle

 

POSITIONING
In an ideal situation, a compass should be mounted directly in front of the helm, as well as directly above the centerline of the hull. If this is not possible, the compass should be mounted parallel to the centerline. And on powerboats with upper steering stations, you should have a compass installed at both locations.