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Old 09-01-2011, 04:57 PM   #1
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Steel boat compass.

I am about to make a decision on the compass to use.

Ritchie seems to have some good products, see http://www.vikingoptics.com/stboco.html.*

I know they are all suitable, but which of these compasses would be a good match for a 50'?

Are there any other compass brand recommendations?
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:46 AM   #2
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RE: Steel boat compass.

Danforth has always been my first choice.

The DR , distant reading card is nice m 5 inch or better .
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:44 AM   #3
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RE: Steel boat compass.

Here is an interesting article about swinging a compas and choosing a compass. http://www.whautopilots.com/Application%20Notes/

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Danforth doesn't specify which of their compasses that are suitable for a steel boat - as far as I can see.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:57 AM   #4
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RE: Steel boat compass.

"Danforth doesn't specify which of their compasses that are suitable for a steel boat - as far as I can see."


ITS the ones with the big steel balls mounted on either side.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:17 AM   #5
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RE: Steel boat compass.

that's not what I meant - I know that - but there are NO Danforth compasses with metal steel balls available at all - not even advertised. So I think they might have dropped the specialized metal boat compass market.

Do you have a link?
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RE: Steel boat compass.

You could try a modern flux-gate compass.* The sensor can be mounted externally, up a mast, etc.*
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:36 AM   #7
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RE: Steel boat compass.

I will have a fluxgate or rate gyro as the primary inputs to the autopilot but they are no good after a lightning strike so an old-fashioned compass is required for redundancy.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:59 AM   #8
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Steel boat compass.

The only compass I could find in my catalogue collection are the Ritchie brand.

The Gobemaster Steel boat compass , some are shock mounted others are not.

I don't know if the numbers are Ritchie numbers or catalog but ,

RIT B 453 5in card $1024
RIT B 463 6 in card , $1146.

B453 has 3 1/3 sphere,, B 463 has 4 inch

YB-500 $787 5 inch card , The YB 500 and D 5S has 3 1/2 spheres 500 and 600 sre not shock mounted.

YB 600 $941 6 inch card , The YB 600 and D - 6S has 4 inch, larger are availiable

D 5S $1512 5 inch card

D 6S $1850 6 inch card

$8.00 extra for 24V or 32V

Pricing is from my friendly commercial supply store shipping is extra.

www.vikingterminal.com

The do not sell retail.


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RE: Steel boat compass.

Ran across this Danforth on a consignment store site:

http://marineconsignment.com/boat-pa...t-compass.html



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RE: Steel boat compass.

Sorry guys, Danforth is out of business.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:27 AM   #11
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RE: Steel boat compass.

There is also Suunto D-165 and D135, steelbaot versions.

And not to forget Autonautic's reange of compasses.
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RE: Steel boat compass.

And Silva.
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