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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 Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (4)
    • Day trip (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Outdoor enthusiast (5), Avid adventurer (4)

    Reviewed by 7 customers

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    (1 of 2 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 Ritchie Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

      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.

       
      1.0

      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 Ritchie Navigation Bracket-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

      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 Ritchie Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, White Case, Card:

      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 Ritchie Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

        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 Ritchie Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

          [...]

          (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 Ritchie Navigation Flush-mount Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

          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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A 'Wave of Compliments [...]

          By Cindy

          from Westland, MI

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Ritchie Navigation Low-profile Explorer Compass, Black Case, Card:

          Contacted [...] Ritchie not having a clue about compasses, but knew I wanted to get that for my brother for his boat for Christmas. The Ritchie Company was very helpful in directing me what kind to buy, [...] What great team work! Cindy

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