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Which compass brand?

I am looking for a compass to put on my new to me Alberg 30, I am looking for a bulkhead mount unit as there is a hole in the bulkead already. Which brand do you reommend and why? I am looking for best bang for the buck unit..not the cheapest. I was looking at the Ritchie BN-202 Navigator.....I have a handheld GPS and Depthfinder as this is how the old owner navigated. I have had compasses on all other boats I've had/operated...seems as though this would be considered a necessity. I am going up the ICW from Oriental to Norfolk and dont see how it could be done with without one. Anyway, I am open to all opinions. I would like to make my purchase this week so I can install it by the end of the month.

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I have had compasses on all other boats I've had/operated...seems as though this would be considered a necessity.

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Ya think? Yea,a compass is pretty high up on the list of necessities. Like maybe no. 2, right after a hull without any major leaks. Seriously, I've never been on a boat larger than a dinghy without a compass.

Try and find what fits the hole. Anything moderately priced should be OK. Ritchie is probably the most common make.
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For a bulkhead mount, I really like the Suunto B-116 compass. Ritchie makes very good compasses as well. The other brand you might find in abundance is Plastimo, but somehow I've never been very inspired by them.
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I have and like the Plastimo Contest 101. Double reading - from the cockpit or cabin. http://www.plastimousa.com/Contest.pdf

It is available in several colors.
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I have and like the Plastimo Contest 101. Double reading - from the cockpit or cabin. http://www.plastimousa.com/Contest.pdf

It is available in several colors.
And an integral inclinometer.
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Here's another vote for the Contest 101. I put one in my boat a few years back and it's been great. I love it! A big plus of this one is that you are able to read your compass and know your orientation while in the cabin.

But the more important issue is how big is your existing opening?

The Contest 101 hole needs to be about 4 and 5/8 inches round with the addition of a rectangular box at the bottom that is 3/4 inches deep and 1 and 3/4 inches wide. An existing hole bigger than that..... then you need to find a larger compass..... or repair your existing compass.
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Third vote for the Contest 101... it's a decent unit. Get the unit with the black card though, not the red card unit, as it is easier to read at night with a red light.
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Found a new Contest 101 locally for 167.00 plus shipping(not stocked). should be here in a few days. I'll post a few pics when i comes in.
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