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Ritchie Navigator spontaneous destruction?
Anybody ever hear of the magnets falling loose from the card on a Ritchie compass? Ritchie was good about reparing it, but I'm trying to learn whether it's been a common problem. Having your compass suddenly become useless at the wrong time can wreck you.
My boat has been on the hard all season. A few weeks ago I noticed the compass card was skewed and unresponsive to a magnet. Turned out that 2 cylindrical magnets had fallen loose from the card sometime in the preceding month or so. There had been no damage, impact, etc to the compass. And anyway, I can imagine nothing better isolated from shock than a compass card floating freely in a viscous liquid.
I sent it to Ritchie, and was told that not enough adhesive had been used to mount the magnets, and they fixed it under warranty (it was a couple years old). But I still don't know whether it was a freak occurence, or is likely to happen again.
Anybody ever hear of this before? I hate to just toss it and buy a Plastimo but I'd hate for it to happen in a fog, too.