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Old 14 June 2006, 05:16   #1
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Compass

I consider a compass imortant to have on board, the only problem is that mine
seems to have lost half of it's fluid! (cheapish Silva compass)

Does anybody have a recommendation for a replacement?

The Volvo Ocean race finishes here in Gothenburg this Saturday lunchtime, should be loads of boats out and about.
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Old 14 June 2006, 08:42   #2
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Another problem is finding a suitable site on the console.

With a GPS and VHF on a small one man console, my compass spinning in circles on the way back from the Scilly’s every time I transmitted

I guess you can get compass's that help screen or reduce deviation caused by RF and electrical magnetic fields?


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Does anybody have a recommendation for a replacement?
The Plastimo Offshore range are good. Get the biggest one that you can fit on your console!

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Old 14 June 2006, 09:47   #4
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The Plastimo Offshore range are good. Get the biggest one that you can fit on your console!

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I bought the 105 - it is great but a bit hard to see at the moment as it is IN my console!!!
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flux gate are the dogs
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No hesitation - Ritchie are superb. They do a model especially for fast power boats and it's a joy to use - "Voyager flush mount direct read" - http://www.marathonleisure.co.uk/aca...ries_1075.html - cheap too.
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Thanks for the input , I'll let you know what I get, it will have to be bracket mounted as I have to mount in on a curved part of the consol.
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Got to be honest I would have loved to have had a proper compass on the way back from Guernsey - chart plotters are great but a compass is easier to stick to.
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chart plotters are great but a compass is easier to stick to.
Yep. Set waypoint on GPS, nav to waypoint, read CTS (magnetic!) from GPS and use compass to steer. Set GPS to rolling road view and you've effectively got an electronic compass as well as a magnetic one.

Agree with JK - bigger the better. The Plastimo Offshore 105 is a good bit of kit.
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i bought an plastimo offshore 75 for mine....nice and tidy little unit. Don't know what its like yet though.
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