I showed up to my boat this last weekend to find a horrible smell and an oiled salon
floor. After being confused for a few minutes I discovered my compass
had leaked almost all of its fluid. My first though was to buy an affordable replacement compass
but after doing a little research
it appears the compass I have might be of very high quality (which begs the questions how it ended up on my 1970's Catalina
I couldn't find a model number but the manufacture is C. Plath Merkur from Hamburg. It is a bulkhead mount with maybe a 5" diameter globe.
My question is can this be repaired/rebuilt economically? It seems like if I get a new seal and compass fluid (is it just mineral oil
?) I could do this myself relatively easily.
Here is a photo
before it leaked: