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I recently bought online Danforth compass. It's used but looks great ... only one problem: it doesn't work. I show North everywhere ... or West everywhere. Is anything could be done to fix it?
There is liquid inside, no bubbles. I tried to take it out off boat, no luck, still not working.



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Andrew
 

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I hate to ask this but are you sure there is nothing near it that would foul it ?? Metal , magnetic , electric , ? There are more often than not adjustment screws to correct deviation but it sounds more like something in it's area
 

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What do you mean, "North everywhere"? If you turn the compass the card should stay stationary. It will always point to magnetic north. The casing and the boat move but the card doesn't (or shouldn't).
 

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I hate to ask this but are you sure there is nothing near it that would foul it ?? Metal , magnetic , electric , ? There are more often than not adjustment screws to correct deviation but it sounds more like something in it's area
As I stated before: I took compass off the boat, walk on marina deck with it in hands - same problem, it reads North almost every direction. If I turn to South it reads West.
 

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As I stated before: I took compass off the boat, walk on marina deck with it in hands - same problem, it reads North almost every direction. If I turn to South it reads West.
Ah... What are you wearing? A fellow I know swore by the benefit of a magnetic bracelet to relieve his arthritis but always complained that his "lousy" compass always "thought" north was to his left, regardless of what direction he was facing. Keeping him away from the binnacle solved the problem.
 

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You got you phone in your other hand? Does your phone have a magnetic cover? Ipad with magnetic cover?
Phone was in pocket. How far cell phone could affect compass?

Ah... What are you wearing? A fellow I know swore by the benefit of a magnetic bracelet to relieve his arthritis but always complained that his "lousy" compass always "thought" north was to his left, regardless of what direction he was facing. Keeping him away from the binnacle solved the problem.
I'm simple man - no bracelets, not even watch.
 

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The jewel is stuck maybe from shipping, turn it upside down and bump it a few times to dislodge the card from the jewel.
 

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The floating part of the compass is floating free and smooth? Are you holding the compass upright? That looks like a wall mounted compass, is that how you are mounting it and holding it?

I have found that a magnetic screwdriver can magnetize a mounting or case screw? You might try removing some screws. And, as a way outside thought, could there be a shipping magnet attached to keep the float from getting damaged?
 

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Very intriguing problem. I would be curious if you were able to move the card by holding a magnet, cell phone or steel screwdriver near it. if the card does not move, that would lead me to believe the problem is mechanical and not magnetic.

I did a quick google search to see if there are calibration procedures for a danforth compass. No luck. I wonder who makes this unit. It could be made by Ritchee or Plastimo and just carry the Danforth name. You might google these manufacturers to see if they have something similar adn to see if there is a calibration procedure. I calibrated my Ritchie Globemaster without too much difficulty. Of course, if I was planning on crossing an ocean any time soon, I would pay to have it professionally done.

Please keep the updates coming. I'm sure we would all like to know the out come.

Good Luck.
 
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