Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #1  
Old 03-25-2012
First String
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South carolina
Posts: 828
Thanks: 43
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 6
ltgoshen is on a distinguished road
Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

O.K
I need help again with the East Coast lady. Her compass has a bubble in the top? Is this a DIY Project? Are there instructions on how to take one take it off the binnacle and take it apart to fix the bubble issue?
Any help here will be greatly appreciated. By the way we are almost ready to announce a christen date for the Lady. And we will share the total fix up cost. I will be putting it on the blog post as soon as we get the floors in and the traveler fixed.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 03-26-2012
rugosa's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: In a strange land
Posts: 519
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rugosa is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

IMHO your 31 year old compass has paid it's dues. Sailnet has this RITCHIE DNP-200 NAVIGATOR COMPASS on sale for $350 (full disclosure I DO NOT WORK FOR SAILNET). That's like $11.29 a year, and if you only sail 12 times a year that's less than a buck a sail. What a deal for a reliable and necessary piece of equipment.

Generally your compass is easy to remove. There will be a few screws at the top of the SS housing (maybe under the light housing) and compass should lift off houseing. The houseing is fastened to the top of the steering pedestal. Pair of light wires to disconnect and you are done. Cracking the compass, filling it, getting a reliable seal and balancing should be left to a pro, but you can carry it in for service. It's filled with mineral oil. A new one will have install instructions and a warranty.

Whether you go new or used have a pro swing it after installation.

10 weeks to launch here on Lake Ontario. Can't launch until club docks go in. Can't wait.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 03-26-2012
JimsCAL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Glen Cove, NY
Posts: 2,497
Thanks: 2
Thanked 46 Times in 42 Posts
Rep Power: 8
JimsCAL is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Take it to a compass repairer. They will have the right fluid to add.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 03-26-2012
First String
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South carolina
Posts: 828
Thanks: 43
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 6
ltgoshen is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Well heres the thing. There are like 4 inner screws and 2 outer screws and 2 screws at below on either sides. I took the 2 top screws lose to try to remove the whole thing it became lose but would not lift off the binnicle. Then I tried the outer countersunk screws, thats when the bubbles came up. Now I dont know what to do. I would like to know how to remove it from the binnicle to take it to the shop. I took the light off the rear and there are more counter sunk screws. The only scres I did not try was the 2 on the botton side. Any help?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 03-26-2012
rugosa's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: In a strange land
Posts: 519
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 4
rugosa is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Go to http://www.vikingcompass.com/ It's the first 4 you removed, compass is heavy but you should be able to manouver it out, there are adjusting rods on the side of the compass inside the binnacle that can get hung up when lifting.

Last edited by rugosa; 03-26-2012 at 11:08 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 03-26-2012
First String
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South carolina
Posts: 828
Thanks: 43
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 6
ltgoshen is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Ok the thins is lose side to side but will not lift? Must be the rods I guess.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 03-26-2012
msmith10's Avatar
Junior member, rest old
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 492
Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
msmith10 is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

On my C&C 30 with Constellation compass and Edson pedestal, there's a simple spring pin that you pull and the whole compass lifts out. I can't remember the exact location but it's somewhere along the binnacle.
__________________
Mark Smith
1977 C&C 30 Mk 1 hailing from Port Clinton, Ohio
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 03-26-2012
celenoglu's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 580
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 7
celenoglu is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Remove the compass without touching thescrewsthat caused the bubble. After removal, make sure one of those screws is top of the unit. Unscrew that screw and apply some pressure the body. Allow some fluid to escape. Rethigten the screw. That should do it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 03-27-2012
First String
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South carolina
Posts: 828
Thanks: 43
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 6
ltgoshen is on a distinguished road
Re: Danforth constellation compass on the C&C 30 MK1 1981

Quote:
Originally Posted by msmith10 View Post
On my C&C 30 with Constellation compass and Edson pedestal, there's a simple spring pin that you pull and the whole compass lifts out.
I cant find the pin? I will look again today. thanks for your help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Danforth Constellation Compass Neicy Gear & Maintenance 16 11-29-2011 01:23 AM
Adjusting a Danforth Constellation Compass erps Gear & Maintenance 7 04-05-2011 03:17 PM
Danforth Constellation Replacement RockingJohny General Discussion (sailing related) 2 11-07-2010 07:54 AM
Danforth Constellation Pinnacle Compass weephee Gear & Maintenance 2 11-08-2008 11:40 PM
Danforth D4400 Anchor Hawkeye25 Gear & Maintenance 3 07-19-2006 07:51 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:08 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.