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Old 06-11-2021, 03:43 PM   #1
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Embarrassing moment

I was replacing my old compass with a new Ritchie Helmsman when the unthinkable happened! My new compass slipped off the seat and bang resulting in a nice bullseye! any thoughts on how to repair the crack? Click image for larger version

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Old 06-11-2021, 03:47 PM   #2
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Maybe a windshield repair kit?
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It is still usable, leave it like that and it will be a good reminder to properly store your toys

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Ritchie sells new domes and they have parts diagrams online, but if it isn't leaking...
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Maybe a windshield repair kit?


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Old 06-11-2021, 05:20 PM   #6
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It is still usable, leave it like that and it will be a good reminder to properly store your toys

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Just donít want it to start leaking.
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Old 06-11-2021, 05:23 PM   #7
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Ritchie sells new domes and they have parts diagrams online, but if it isn't leaking...


Thx, I placed a call to them, due to cv19ÖÖ
I was thinking of clear epoxy to seal the crack, maybe the windshield epoxy.
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If it bothers you that much buy a new one.

A whack that hard would certainly be tough on the insides of it too.
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If you come down to FT Lauderdale, there is a place that will take care of it for you. At this point and time, I cannot remember the name but it is on SR84.
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:44 PM   #10
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I like the electronic fluxgate compasses. We have had KVH Azimuth 1000 in multiple boats and have been really satisfied with them.
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Thx, I can live with the bullseye as it’s in the upper left quadrant, I’m just concerned about a bubble developing and I didn’t want to spend another $200
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Thx, I can live with the bullseye as itís in the upper left quadrant, Iím just concerned about a bubble developing and I didnít want to spend another $200
Ritchie won't repair it?
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Ritchie wouldnít answer the phone on Friday and said to email then so Iím waiting for their reply to my email thanks.
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Ritchie wouldnít answer the phone on Friday and said to email then so Iím waiting for their reply to my email thanks.
If it were me, I'd try to return it to them and pay for them to do a proper repair/replacement.

I've tried some windshield repair in the past and it was useless. Maybe a professional can do an adequate job but I wouldn't bother trying that for your situation. I would re-buy new as last resort.
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What does a new magnetic compass cost?
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Greetings,
Mr. OD. (Post #9). Lauderdale Speedometer does compass repairs. Perhaps that is the firm you're thinking of...
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Mr. OD. (Post #9). Lauderdale Speedometer does compass repairs. Perhaps that is the firm you're thinking of...
Yup, that's it. On SR84. Thanks!!!!
No matter if the compass is repaired of buy a new one, you gotta swing the compass to calibrate it.

I've got to get those folks out to my boat to do my compass and write the compass card
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Compass

It strikes me that if you have bought a new compass then you are presumably going to depend on it to navigate your boat using it. If so then a cheap repair that potentially misses some damage to the Compass (causing it to be inaccurate) is definitely not the way to go. Hitting a rock (or similar) because the compass is misbehaving would be very expensive as well as potentially life threatening.

Get it done properly and then swing it would be my input.
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I have three projects, the last is to swing the compass.
Then, I will put an "ALL DONE" sign on my boat and wait for things to start breaking.
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