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RITCHIE NAVIGATION Explorer Compasses

This compass series is for fast runabouts, bass boats, center consoles and sport boats. Three mounting options enable you to select the style appropriate for your needs. Low-profile, surface-mount models fit in tight spaces and feature a quick-release bracket. Features include built-in compensator magnets, 12V DC night lighting, jewel and steel pivot movements and movable sunshades. 2-3/4" apparent, direct-reading cards. 

  • Apparent Card Dia.: 2-3/4" or 3" 
  • Card Type: Direct or Dual 
  • Case Material: Reinforced polymers 
  • Lubberlines: Yes 
  • Clinometer: No 
  • Lighting: Yes 
  • Cover/Shield: Yes 
  • Warranty: Five years
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Bracket-Mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Black Card 273987 B-51
In stock online.

$67.99

Bracket-Mount Explorer Compass, Gray Case, Blue Card 597534 B-51G
Limited availability.

$77.99

Bracket-Mount Explorer Compass, White Case, White Card 277678 B-51W
In stock online.

$69.99

Deck-Mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Black Card 273995 D-55
In stock online.

$77.99

Flush-Mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Black Card 103541 F-50
In stock online.

$69.99

Flush-Mount Explorer Compass, White Case, White Card 566649 F-50W
In stock online.

$69.99

Low-Profile Explorer Compass, Black Case, Black Card 532648 S-53
In stock online.

$67.99

Product Description

This compass series is for fast runabouts, bass boats, center consoles and sport boats. Three mounting options enable you to select the style appropriate for your needs. Low-profile, surface-mount models fit in tight spaces and feature a quick-release bracket. Features include built-in compensator magnets, 12V DC night lighting, jewel and steel pivot movements and movable sunshades. 2-3/4" apparent, direct-reading cards. 

  • Apparent Card Dia.: 2-3/4" or 3" 
  • Card Type: Direct or Dual 
  • Case Material: Reinforced polymers 
  • Lubberlines: Yes 
  • Clinometer: No 
  • Lighting: Yes 
  • Cover/Shield: Yes 
  • Warranty: Five years

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Ritchie NavigationExplorer Compasses
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Accurate (5)
  • Easy to set up (5)
  • Waterproof (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (4)
  • Day trip (3)
  • Small boats (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Outdoor enthusiast (5), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What I expected

Quality product at a reasonable price received in two days. I have not used it at night yet but I have reason to believe the light is tinted green. I did not see that...Read complete review

Quality product at a reasonable price received in two days. I have not used it at night yet but I have reason to believe the light is tinted green. I did not see that in the discription and not sure I will like it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

S53 compass

The compass is great, you can bet your life on it.
The mounting bracket is very flimsey and broke very easly.

The compass is great, you can bet your life on it.
The mounting bracket is very flimsey and broke very easly.

Reviewed by 12 customers

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4.0

I would buy this product again.

By Madmark

from Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Boats

    Comments about Explorer Compasses:

    My old compass was a sealed unit that lasted ten years before the fluid leaked out.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Picked up in store.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    The Best I Have Found

    By Hector

    from Miami, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • EASY to deal with.

    Cons

    • NONE.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Explorer Compasses:

      My 1887 Wellcraft.

       
      4.0

      Ritchie compass

      By jpearso8

      from Savannah, ga

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • had to wire into circuit

      Best Uses

      • Small Boats

      Comments about Explorer Compasses:

      Was easy to install. Seems to be built very well. Really enjoy the product, have told friends about this particular compass.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      What I expected

      By Nine

      from New Hampshire

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Construction

      Cons

      • Not the same as the old o

      Best Uses

      • Large Boats

      Comments about Explorer Compasses:

      Quality product at a reasonable price received in two days. I have not used it at night yet but I have reason to believe the light is tinted green. I did not see that in the discription and not sure I will like it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Tim

      from pompano beach

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Installation Was Easy
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boats

        Comments about Explorer Compasses:

        Great Product

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A simple but effective navigation tool

        By Joe Vee

        from Marco Island, Florida

        About Me Bad With Directions, Outdoor Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Reliable Performance
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Day Trips

          Comments about Explorer Compasses:

          The compass is a reliable substitute for my on board GPS. In the event of a power failure , I can count on my compass to ,get me home.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          S53 compass

          By Coop

          from Vineland, New Jersey

          About Me Avid Adventurer, Outdoor Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable Performance
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • River Trips

          Comments about Explorer Compasses:

          The compass is great, you can bet your life on it.
          The mounting bracket is very flimsey and broke very easly.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Purchase - Highly Recommended

          By Hamilton

          from Curitiba, Brazil

          About Me Avid Adventurer, Brazilian, Gearhead, Outdoor Enthusiast, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Long Battery Life
          • Reliable Performance
          • Simple Controls
          • Strong Construction
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Nada nothing nil

          Best Uses

          • Fishing Sea
          • River Trips

          Comments about Explorer Compasses:

          I use this on my salt water fishing boat in Brazil ... it is an excellent product.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ritchie is a great company

          By TJK

          from Boston,MA

          About Me Outdoor Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips

            Comments about Explorer Compasses:

            Ritchie stands behind their products. I had a problem.The compass was years out of warranty. They fixed it anyway. No charge.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great value for the price

            By Kelly

            from Huntington, WV

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Outdoor Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable Performance
            • Strong Construction
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • River Trips
              • Survival

              Comments about Explorer Compasses:

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