Originally Posted by Reefmagnet
I have a brand shiny new compass that came with the boat that I just purchased. The only problem is it was purchased overseas and is obviously not balanced correctly for my current zone as it sits tilted at rest. The compass is a Silva 1000. Does anyone know if it can be rebalanced economically?
I can't speak specifically about Silva compasses, but some years ago I had a Danforth binnacle compass rebalanced by an independent marine
. The price
, including a new dome was far less than a new one at that time. We had them balance it for the "equatorial" zone, and that seemed to work in all the following areas that we cruised in that boat.
In our case, the compass was balanced for the San Francisco
area, and by the time we were at about 25 degrees south it started hanging up, and before we reached New Zealand
it was totally frozen in place. Interestingly, some fellow SF area sailors who were in loose company with us had a Ritchie compass which did tilt a bit but continued to function all the way. So, it seems that some designs are more susceptible to dip errors than others. If you have to replace the compass, you might keep that in mind!