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Help me choose a new compass

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  1. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Actually, just a cover for the existing compass might be a good idea. I don’t use the compass anyway and it would be cheap.
     


  2. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Other than a tap this is my favoritest idea. Don’t know about sizing it, though
     


  3. JimInPB

    JimInPB

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    I'm thinking that a bezel made out of polyethylene or nylon would be the way to go. If you buy the material & supply a sketch with dimensions, I'll machine it down for you.
     


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  4. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

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  5. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Dang. Incredibly nice offer! I’ll send you a private message this morning.
     


  6. JimInPB

    JimInPB

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    I'll need a fairly accurate measurement on the height (Green H in the picture) for the flat part of the glass before the radial chamfers start & the depth (red D) from the flat glass to the outside of the radial chamfer on the sloped surface below it. It would be nice to also have a fairly close measurement on the diameter of the existing hole. I found the dimensions for the compass on the Ritchie website.
     

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  7. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Alrighty. I found an almost identical compass on nandjmarine.com and ordered it. The price was fair but not great. They are sending it to me today. I promise to report back on how it works out.
    Thanks to everyone who responded with ideas and advice. Seriously, and I’m being totally serious, I truly would rather have a beer tap there. It certainly would be more useful than a compass. And I’d be very popular at the club.
     


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  8. JamesG161

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    No serious comment.:laugh:
    Jim...

    PS: I hope there are no Cajun's chefs at the club.
     


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  9. Kermit

    Kermit

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    I just received my replacement compass today. (Beer tap not included.) I scraped a fair amount of silicon from the back of the collar. The Ritchie included a rubber gasket but this one’s obviously is not included. What do I use to seal it to the bulkhead that will be water tight but removeable? Thanks!
     


  10. JamesG161

    JamesG161

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    Do you know what kind of rubber? EDPM, Neoprene...?
    Jim...
     


  11. flynhi4u

    flynhi4u

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    Why do you want to remove it? So you can swap it out with the beer tap when the Admiral isn't looking?

    Sam
     


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  12. JamesG161

    JamesG161

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    I may have misread your post. If you have no new gasket, then you probably need one from your picture. Raymarine Techs use a special bedding caulk to seal my MFD.
    Jim...
     


  13. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Black
     


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  14. Kermit

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    Oops. I meant to attach pictures...
     

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  15. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Busted!
    Actually I don’t want to ever remove it. But I didn’t WANT to have to remove this one.
     


  16. JamesG161

    JamesG161

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    Well the black kind doesn't need a sealant. Thats what my Chemical Professor told me.;)
    Jim...

    PS: Auto Zone has a gasket kit and you can cut your own.
     


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  17. isaksp00

    isaksp00

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    Not sure exactly what has to be done but if you need some sticky material behind the bezel where it sits against the cabin bulkhead, try butyl rubber - MaineSail sells it and the 2 rolls you have to buy will last forever. It doesn't glue, it just seals.
     


  18. Kermit

    Kermit

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    I was kinda wondering about butyl rubber. I’ll check into it. Basically I just need to keep water from seeping behind the hole. Thanks!
     


  19. isaksp00

    isaksp00

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    It is grey sticky stuff that comes on a roll, a band about 1/8 in thick and about an inch wide. It is sort of like a somewhat stickier version of silly putty. You can pull it off surfaces, and because it is not a liquid you can apply it to the back of your bezel, or the surface on which it'll go, and when you screw it in it compresses a bit to fill the gap. I use it a lot to seal chain plate covers, etc. If you countersink a screw hole slightly (try running the countersink bit in reverse so it doesn't bite too aggressively) to make sort of a channel around the screw entrance the rubber squeezes into that gap, making a pretty watertight seal. It isn't really great for an application where bolts or screws can't be used to mechanically attach the objects together - you need some "oomph" in the fastener to squeeze it down a bit.
     


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  20. Roland5048

    Roland5048

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    Butyl Tape. Good stuff. Just used it to caulk an above the waterline thru-hull. Was used on my '77 Hunter to seal the hull to deck. Still pliable. You do need some