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

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Ralph46 said:
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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