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  Compass illumination
  Posted by: fourrunner on Apr-05-13 10:36 AM (EST)
   Category: Other Gear 

Does anyone have a way of illuminating a 70p compass?

It's the standard Brunton compass that fits in the recess on foredeck of many Brit style sea kayaks.

Googling revealed there is (or was) a light kit available, but it may be old info as I can't locate it online.

Thanks

4r

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  Compass "light"
  Posted by: Seadddict on Apr-05-13 12:45 PM (EST)
If you can't find the light kit, you could replace the whole compass. I seem to remember a lighted version. Or you could go techy and drill holes in your boat, mount a cool little cowled light on deck, run wires, mount switch & battery box, blah blah. My solution is not techy or cool. On the infrequent times I need a compass at night (doing a before dawn crossing, etc.), I duct tape a light stick (I prefer red for this) next to my compass. I put a strip of tape on the light stick so it doesn't shine back in my eyes, only forward onto the compass. So it's not elegant, but it's easy, cheap, works fine, and doesn't malfunction.
 
 
  I Would Think...
  Posted by: Kudzu on Apr-05-13 2:56 PM (EST)
a headlamp would be the easiest, least expensive solution.
 
 
  compass illumination
  Posted by: gyork on Apr-05-13 4:20 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-05-13 4:21 PM EST --

Sylvania make a battery operated glow-stik (google it). Loop the tether around the deck line, then proceed to duct-tape-cover most (leave a wide slit facing the compass) of the light. Attach the light just aft of the compass with duct tape on the ends.

Pix here https://picasaweb.google.com/garylyork/WesternRivers#5768830541647780498
https://picasaweb.google.com/garylyork/WesternRivers#5768830459907832930

Works like a charm, and dual purposes another implement.

gary

 

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