Dry compass

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by TN Boatman, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. TN Boatman

    TN Boatman Member

    Aug 31, 2017
    Maryville, TN
    1998 Sundancer SE
    7.4MPI B3
    my compass has lost its fluid. Can this be refilled and with what and how?

    Thank you!
  2. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    It's probably a Ritchie compass. If so remove it and send it to them in Pembroke Mass. They will recondition it for a very reasonable price. Much cheaper and easier than buying a new compass and having to retrofit it.
  3. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    If it's a Ritchie, they have a rebuild program.
  4. david leonard

    david leonard Member

    Jul 11, 2018
    1989 Sea Ray Sundancer 300, Raymarine C120
    2 (lord help me) 5.7 Mercs
    today, i rebuilt my ritchie (HF 73). it was no problem, at all. i bought a pint of isopar L ($10), and a turkey marinade injector. i took apart the whole unit, cleaned it, lightly regreased the o-ring (very important), as this is most likely the source of the reason why the fluid evaporated, and reassembled. i did buy a new shade from ritchie--they are extremely helpful--and the part was only $13, including the LED light (downright cheap!). any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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