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If it's a good compass, my advice is not to fool with it yourself but use an expert compass repair service. As noted in a previous post, your compass might require a new seal (why is it missing fluid?), a new diaphram, bearings, etc. Or, it might just need refilling.

I just had my Danforth Constellation rebuilt by Island Compass South:
http://www.islandcompass.com/

Steve is a real expert, a nice guy, and provides excellent and fast service. Lots of recommendations for him from friends and on the web.

He's also the only guy around who has the tool required to press in a new and better diaphram in, e.g., a Plath compass (a good thing, 'cuz this is their weak point in an otherwise very fine and very expensive compass).

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Bill...that's who did my Plath/Venus...ditto on the recommendation.
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camraderie,

Yeah, Steve's a good guy.

I had a Plath Venus which I just gave to my son who just bought a 22' sloop with a nonfunctional compass. That's why I happen to know about the diaphram problem....talked to Steve and to others about it, some of whom have complained about diaphram failures in Venus and Merkur models. Seems C. Plath isn't really interested in small boats anymore; they've cheapened the binnacle (which they call the cylinder), changed the design, and still have outrageous prices. But it's an absolutely wonderful compass, even with the flaws.

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Oops...a 42' sloop. Can't quite see mounting a Plath Venus on a 22' sloop :-))

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