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Catboat Willy
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Ritchie Compass Removal

We have a Ritchie binnacle mounted compass that needs to be removed. Can anyone tell me how to remove the outer bell housing of the compass? We do not see any screws holding it on to the Edison pedistal.
Thanks,
Bill

Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; SW Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'

 

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Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; SW Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'

 
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LeslieTroyer
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The screws are at the bottom of the stainless piece. Remove the compass and stainless piece together then turn upside down to access the screws that hold the compass to the stainless piece. 

While its off you you should do the yearly recommended  maintenance in there (lube chain and handles).  Instructions on Edson web site

les

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Les & Trish Troyer
Mahalo 
Everett, WA
1983 C-36 Hull #0094
C-36 MK 1 Technical Editor. 
Catboat Willy
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Thanks Les !
Bill

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Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; SW Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'

 
Catboat Willy
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It looks like you have a Globemaster series SP-5C.
You remove the (2) screws holding the black plastic lightshade on the compass. Once you do so, you should be able to lift the stainless steel binnacle piece up enough to see how the light is connected to the boat. If you have enough slack in the light wire, you can finagle the housing to slip passed the lightshade.
We have made them several ways over the years. Some models have a thumb screw which should be removed as shown in the diagram.
Below is the latest way they are manufactured and “taken” apart.
Once you remove the binnacle piece, you should be able to view the model and serial number on the side of the compass capsule.

 
Regards,
 
Cristin Dixon
Sales & Service Manager
Ritchie Navigation
cristin@ritchienavigation.com
781-709-3231

 

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Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; SW Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'

 
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Phil L
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Cristin, I have the same model.  It needs to be recalibrated- reads about 6-7 degrees off.  Any recommendations for someone to do it in the San Pedro, CA area?

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Phil L 
Southern Cross
Channel Islands, CA
C36MKI #400
Catboat Willy
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Here are a few places in the California area you could try for servicing your compass;
Baker Marine Instrument & Repair

2425 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego, CA, 92106

(619) 222-8096

brian@bakermarineusa.com

Website

Map/Directions

 

Beacon Marine Electronics

3401 West 5th St. Suite 150, Oxnard, CA, 93030

(805) 985-9828

info@beaconmarineelectronics.com

Website

Map/Directions

 

NOR-CAL Compass Adjusting

936-B Seventh St. #258, Novato, CA, 94945

(415) 892-7177

norcal.compass@verizon.net

Map/Directions

 

Wheelhouse Compass

11570 Stoney Brook Ct., Beaumont, CA, 92223

800-700-NAVY (6289)

compassrepair@wheelhousecompass.com

Map/Directions
 

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Bill Dolan 1990 Catalina C-36 MKI - Hull #1041  'Williwaw'
Std. Rig, Walk Through, Wing Keel
M35, Oberdorfer Conversion,
Home Waters; SW Florida
'You are never out of work if you own a boat'

 
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