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Old 01 September 2003, 13:33   #1
Country: UK - Scotland
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Compass advice

I want to fit a compass onto the front of the steering console but not the top! Can you recommend one to fit against an angled face of the console.

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Old 01 September 2003, 16:37   #2
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I have a Suunto compass fitted to the angled face of the console. The position turned out to be a real problem; its sits behind the wheel so its difficult to see and being close to the steering mechanism it suffers from magnetic interference in spite of countless ajustment. If I was fitting one again, I would put it on top of the console.

Thought you might be interested.

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Old 02 September 2003, 16:19   #3
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Go in to they make really good compasses.
I have been using them for ages and have never had any problem with them, you can find them in all kind of modells.

Good luck

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Old 02 September 2003, 16:24   #4
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Seems a common thing with Suunto compasses Geoff, mine had me swimming in circles on Sunday! Having said that I was in a quarry with countless transit vans, escorts and minis at the bottom...
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Old 03 September 2003, 06:51   #5
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I have a Silva compass on mine, which is set correctly ie swung and compensated. Hydraulic steering causes less problems, as there is less metal changing sides (from experience, not necessarily technical expertise!!).

However, out of chice, I would go for a Plastimo Offshore compass. These are bullet proof, designed for powerboats, and have an optional bracket for fitting onto angled surfaces etc. They also incorporate a neat, and robust, hood to either shade the reading in strong sunlight, or protect the instrument when not in use.

Well worth the extra, and I don't work for them.
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Old 03 September 2003, 07:16   #6
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I have a Plastimo offshore compass... the 70 I think, but don't quote me on that

It came with a bracket that allowed me to put it on the console at an angle, and for 50p extra, I got a light kit for it!!
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