Many owners consider a compass superfluous aboard a small boat, until a fog rolls in or the sun sets. For them, the affordable Explorer Flush-Mount F-50 from Ritchie Navigation is ideal. Compactly sized for skiffs, small dual and center consoles, pontoons and sailboats, it provides the critical information needed to safely return to shore no matter the weather or light.
The Explorer F-50 draws on Ritchie's 160 years of compass-making experience. Built in the USA, it has an easy-to-read 2.75" black or white dial set on a hardened steel pivot movement with a scientifically-matched sapphire jewel. Powerful DirectForce™ Magnets provide a fast and smooth heading lock-on, even in choppy water. Built-in compensators adjust for deviation, making it ideal for use on an aluminum boat or around metal components.
Made to last, the black or white body of the Ritchie Explorer F-50 is a high-temperature polymer composite. It has a built-in movable sun shade and internal 12V green lighting that can be replaced with 6V or 24V lamps.
The Ritchie Explorer F-50 surface mounts into a 3.75" hole and requires only 2.2" of depth and three screws. It's 100% repairable, comes with a five-year warranty and costs $77.45.
Contact Ritchie Navigation, 243 Oak St., Pembroke, MA 02359. 781-826-5131. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ritchienavigation.com.