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Best Replacement/Repair for Aqua Meter Saturn Bulkhead Compass?

I have a Saturn Aqua Meter compass that still works. The half moon lens has sun damage making the compass difficult to read.

I had wanted to keep old if possible, but wanted to upgrade to make the boat useful.

Given that we are on a lake - its not important to have a functioning compass. But it serves to teach the kids proper compass readings and I think the next owners one day will enjoy having a working/readable compass.

Saturn Aqua Meter Compass mounted on the starboard side bulkhead of Helms 24' boat. Did they come with compasses installed? Was it added after? Should I replace with Ritchie?

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Re: Best Replacement/Repair for Aqua Meter Saturn Bulkhead Compass?

Years ago they had a flat fee repair charge and I had one repaired. Not sure if they still do that or are even around, but worth checking.


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Re: Best Replacement/Repair for Aqua Meter Saturn Bulkhead Compass?

Viking Instruments,41 Summer St Kingston MA 02364, purchased the entire inventory of Aquameter compass parts. If you are interested in getting an estimate to repair your compass, pack it up carefully and ship it to them or phone781-585-2100. In my experience refurbished compasses are better than what's currently on the market -- particularly bulkhead mounted compasses.
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Re: Best Replacement/Repair for Aqua Meter Saturn Bulkhead Compass?

I sent my compass to Viking Instruments and sadly my version is sealed and cannot be repaired. The guy - Howard was very nice and suggested the best replacement is the SR2. I'll call him back tomorrow and order it.
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Re: Best Replacement/Repair for Aqua Meter Saturn Bulkhead Compass?

Had been awhile since I replaced the compass on bulkhead, but thought I'd share the before after photos.

Since this boat is a learning opportunity at every turn for me - did it need a compass on a lake - no, but it is a boat and a hole would just look bad. I learned not to ever cut or grind away at fiberglass next time without a long sleeve shirt and mask.
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