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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Compass mounting

Just boat a pontoon boat in DE. Want to mount a compass, surface mount, is it difficult? Any special issues/problems?

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Re: Compass mounting

Yes, you need to be cognasant of not mounting it net to electronic equipment or metal that will interfere with the compass. If you want the compass to be accurate it should be adjusted for declination etc. if you are going to use it for navigation.




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Not a DIY job?

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Re: Compass mounting

If you buy it new, it should come with instructions showing the cautions John mentioned, plus how to adjust for the proper declination.

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Re: Compass mounting

Declination is only a factor when using the compass in conjunction with a map.... if he just wants to use a compass without a map there is no declination factor involved.

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Re: Compass mounting

It is a factor if you are navigating with a chart. I suspect a pontoon boat will not be doing much long range traveling bt may as well do it right.




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right! I should have said map or<span style="font-weight: bold"> chart </span>

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Re: Compass mounting

Thanks guys. Not planning on long distance nav as mentioned. Looks like I should give it a go.

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Re: Compass mounting

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Thanks guys. Not planning on long distance nav as mentioned. Looks like I should give it a go.
Always be prepared for the worse.

I just had a compass fail. I always check it against the GPS and personal observations. Mine just went. It is about 90 to 120 degrees off. Of course that is not a problem until I need it. It will be replaced ASAP.
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