Sea Ray Compass

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Scotyp, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Scotyp

    Scotyp New Member

    Oct 4, 2017
    1998 sea Ray 210
    5.0 Mercruiser
    Taking a poll as to what others have done in the way to adding a compass to their boat when it came without one. I have a 1998 Bowrider 210 I bought used last year. I dont want to do flush mount but it does have the compass platform on top of the dash preformed for drilling the hole. Are bracket mounts the way to go or surface? Also,what size is appropriate and is it difficult to wire in the light to the electrical system? Thanks all in advance!
  2. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    454 Crusaders
    Go to effort to flush mount. It will look better and the location is most likely preferred by Sea Ray to keep it away from magnetic fields that will throw the compass off. Wiring the lift would be a simple matter of connect to the dash light circuit.
  3. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    my compass is just a decoration on the dash....I never use it....I just use my GPS......if my boat did not have one I would not add one personally....

  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    If you use your boat to go places that you need a compass (ie as a back up for chartplotter, or if you navigate in fog or at night) then I would use a flush mounted one. If you don't have a chartplotter, you might be better off using the spot for a mount for a small GPS/sonar plotter.
  5. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    I did a flush mount last year. I have a 205 sport. I used the factory location on the helm. Drilling the hole was the trickiest part. Normally you would want to drill down through the gel coat but the windshield was in the way. Since I didn't want to remove the glass I elected to drill up from below. I taped off the gel coat with painters tape. I had my son hold a piece of 2 X 8 down on top of the drilling location. I was trying not to chip the gel coat by drill up from underneath. It worked well with no chipping! Drilled pilot holes for the screws and chamfered the holes. Again so as not chip the gel coat. Bedded the compass in some caulk. Wiring was simple. Just ran the wire to the switch for the navigation lights. Anytime my lights are on are on the compass is lit.

    I rarely need the compass. Hard to get lost on the inland lakes I'm on. It just looks very nautical especially at night. Makes me feel like one of you guys with the big boats!!
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Sea Ray installs Ritchie compasses on new boats. Take a look at their catalog and compare to the option list for your boat in the "Specifications" available in t he SROC knowledge base. You will need to join to gain access, but it is freeā€¦.all you need the HIN# and to be sure your boat is registered with Sea Ray with you are the owner.
  7. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    i have a chartplotter and I use my compass all the time.
  8. Scotyp

    Scotyp New Member

    Oct 4, 2017
    1998 sea Ray 210
    5.0 Mercruiser
    Thanks for the ideas everyone! Looks like I have some options to ponder!
  9. searay30

    searay30 Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    Midway Marina Cawtaba Oh
    1989 Sea Ray 30' sedan bridge
    twin 350 mercruisers inboards
    A compass is also required for a coast inspection.
  10. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 6, 2006
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    I drive the big boys which are loaded with all the latest Raymarine electronics, to include night vision, multiple cameras pointing everywhere.....and still the most important piece of navigating equipment to me, is the compass.

    That little thing has never failed me.

    Capt. Rusty
    Maggieiscrazy likes this.

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