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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 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

64%

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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Outdoor enthusiast (5), Avid adventurer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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 11 customers

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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:

            [...]

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good deal for a great product

            By lykadasmith

            from Santa Barbara, CA

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Boat owner

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Difficult To Read

            Best Uses

            • Day Trips
            • River Trips

            Comments about Explorer Compasses:

            I use this on my boat and it was easy to mount. Sometimes difficult to read while on rough waters. But a great tool.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Very prompt, in fact, early

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