Ocelot came with a 5" Venus (C. Plath) compass
. After 8 years, the diaphragm
failed & all the fluid ran out (in French Polynesia). Since we couldn't send it away, we repaired it as best we could with the resources we could find. The diaphragm
failed again 5 years later, then 4 years after that, and 4 years after that (last year).
We now find that Plath expects you to send your compass
back to them every 5 years for refurbishment (for US$300+shipping). They repair
it for 2 weeks & ship it back. Assuming we could get it back into the countries we cruise
(very problematic in Indonesia) we'd be without a compass for more than a month every 5 years.
For a compass that lists for over US$ 1,600, this strikes us as … silly.
Our Sestral Moore compass on our last boat
was 25 years old & worked perfectly. Friends here have a 100 year old compass (on their 100 year old boat).
- Is having to send our main navigational compass back for refurbishment every 5 years (for a month) reasonable?
- Are there any long time cruisers who can recommend more reliable compasses?