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Old 12-16-2015, 01:40 AM   #1
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Default 1993 2300 SCR Compass lightbulb change

picking my bran on how to get my compass light to come on. I'll assume there is a light bulb. I removed the 3 screws and it would not budge.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:50 AM   #2
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The lights are not that bright else they would ruin your night vision at sea.

Have you tried it in the dark?

It may be bedded in some sealant and will require a little prying.

If you remove it you can hold the wires across a 12V source to see if it lights as it may not be getting power.
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Some are glued in and they are hard wired with your gauge light. The light bulb , don't know how that going to turn out.

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I broke it!..Geewizz. Now I need to replace it.
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The compass light should be tied to your instrument lights. I believe that is Danforth compass. I bought a Ritchie and the mounting hole was too small and the holes didn't line up.
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Like shrew I replaced my Danforth with a Ritchie which is a little smaller so I had to drill new holes for the screws. This required using a flex shaft as the compass is tight to the windshield.
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Believe me, if you do any night boating you want a red light for your compass. A white light could blind you driving your boat.

When I replaced my Danforth , I bought a new Danforth cause it fit perfect!

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Danforth was bought out in January of 2010 by Viking (Rule is another of their brands), and had already discontinued many of their compass line back in 2009.

Recommended replacements are the Ritchie compass and they even give the proper model to buy for replacing. Sure you have to drill new holes, but you will have a much better compass with dual lighting (red).

I replaced my 1990 Danforth last year with the same size Ritchie (model F83)and am very pleased with the new one. So much better and easier reading. Not to mention that the card is now the modern correct version.
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