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Help me choose a new compass

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  1. JimInPB

    JimInPB

    Joined Aug 22, 2017
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    Hunter 212 & 170
    us West Palm Beach
    If I want to seal something above the water line that I will be able to get apart easily in the future, I sometimes use clear RTV calk from Home Depot. I set the parts fastened together with the calk in place, but do not tighten the fasteners until after the RTV has dried. This method works best if you have a very irregular surface under the part that you need to mount. If you need to fill in a very thick area with RTV, you may need to wrap the edge of the part with masking tape to keep the uncured RTV from running out.

    If you want to make a gasket instead, then you need to start by checking how flat the mounting surface is. If you have a gap of 1/8" or more under a flat edge, then please consider the method above or consider using a thick foam rubber gasket. If the gap is 1/8-1/16" then 1/4" closed cell foam rubber should work. If the gap is 1/16 or less, then 3/16" 40-duro rubber (outdoor material/grade/color of your choice) should work. Harder rubbers don't conform as well. If the surface appears flat, then you should be able to use most any standard outdoor gasket material.
     


  2. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
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    US Lake Murray Sailing Club, SC
    Success!!! I bought a square sheet of rubber from Simpson’s Hardware and cut it to fit. Even the screw holes line up. Even the light works. Thanks for y’all’s help, y’all!
     

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  3. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
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    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    Was it the BLACK kind as instructed?
    Jim...

    PS: There is a ghost of the past owner inside the Compass!:yikes:
     


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  4. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    742 posts, 103 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    Why yes, yes there is!!
     


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  5. Kermit

    Kermit

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    No. It’s red. Is that ok or are you just messin’with me?
     


  6. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,371 posts, 960 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    I think it's on backwards.



    Shouldn't the side with the beer tap be on the outside? Otherwise, the cabin ceiling interferes with the tap pull.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  7. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Oh dang! You’re right!
     


  8. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
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    Well the RED kind doesn't exorcize the ghost seen in the center of your installed picture, but it will seal out the water.

    Did you use a water hose to test your seal?
    Jim...

    PS: You can use a hot beer to test also.
     


  9. Kermit

    Kermit

    Joined Jul 31, 2010
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    I didn’t test the seal. Don’t get me all paranoid! And isn’t that ghost handsome!!!
     


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  10. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
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    errr uhhhh well I ... errrr...

    Dont get paranoid! Since I did verify you your compass works if... that was an ≈3-4pm picture in SC.:waycool:
    Jim...

    PS: I love being a detective.
     


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  11. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Nope. 1:34 pm. I want my money back!
     


  12. Kermit

    Kermit

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    I have seen lots of discussion about how to dispose of old boats. The old compass ended up in the trash. Sorta sad really.
     


  13. flynhi4u

    flynhi4u

    Joined Oct 28, 2013
    617 posts, 160 likes
    Hunter 20
    US Lake Monroe
    Have you swung the new compass? Want to make sure it reads right now that it is in your boat.
    Our friend put his Bluetooth speaker real close to the backside of his compass. It read west when it was pointing north.

    Sam
     


  14. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
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    Nope.:snooty:

    I guess you took at picture of the west setting sun's reflection at an angle, but the the body was still warm, your honor.:poke:
    OR
    You used a metal gasket!
    Jim...
     


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  15. Kermit

    Kermit

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    I’ve never swung a compass. It seemed to be pointing the same direction as the old one and where everyone says north is at the club. Honestly, I’d rather have swung a beer tap.
     


  16. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
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    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    NICE
     


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  17. flynhi4u

    flynhi4u

    Joined Oct 28, 2013
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    US Lake Monroe
    Beer tap swinging, the next Olympic sport for sure!!!

    Sam
     


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  18. flynhi4u

    flynhi4u

    Joined Oct 28, 2013
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    US Lake Monroe
    Did the new Compass come with a UV protector cover so you don't have to replace it again in a few years?

    Sam
     


  19. Kermit

    Kermit

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    Yep.
     

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  20. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
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    Yep.

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    I think you are going to have to be careful some rebel pilot doesn't swoop by in his X-Wing trying to take out the power node to an Empire ship, by mistake.

    - Will (Dragonfly)