“Navigation begins with the right compass”

When properly sized, installed and compensated a marine compass is the most important instrument on any boat.

It will provide accurate, trouble-free heading references under the most adverse conditions without relying on electricity, radio signals or satellite communications. The most important criteria when selecting a compass are dial size and mounting style. Quality components aid accuracy, smooth response, stability and trouble-free operation. Although the size and shape of Ritchie Compass models may vary, this cut-a-way engineering illustration is representative of the mornden technology that makes Ritchie the World’s Best Marine Compass.

V-537 Explorer Bulkhead Compass

Explorer Bulkhead Compass Features

  • 2 3/4″ Easy to Read Direct Reading Dial
  • Viewing is adjustable to 30° / Heel angle to 25°
  • Easily Installed w/4 mounting screws provided, Fits 3″ (7.62 cm) Mounting Hole.
  • Built-in Compensators to Easily Adjust for Deviation
  • 12V Night Illumination
  • 100% Repairable
  • Exclusive 5-Year Ritchie Warranty

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Replacement Lighting:

  • 12 Volt: EX-0057-2
  • 24 Volt: EX-0278
  • 12 Volt Light & Wire Assembly: EX-0056 ASY

Mounting Gasket: EX-0234

Approx. Shipping Weight: 1 lb. (454g)

Notes: Comes standard with 12 volt lighting. 24 volt lighting option is available.

Some custom built OEM models may have different lighting. Contact Ritchie for replacement lighting.



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