The 6 Best Boat Compasses

This review has been updated 15 times since it was first published in October of 2016. If you are more of a traditional seafarer who prefers not to solely rely on modern GPS systems, then you’ll need to install one of these boat compasses on your vessel to help you navigate your way. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, so regardless of where your expeditions take you, you’ll always be able to find your way home again. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 6 Boat Compasses

6. Ritchie Venture Sr-2

  • Comes with a clinometer
  • Steady lock-on performance
  • Requires drilling through bulkhead

5. Shoreline Illuminated Marine

  • Case offers uv-protection
  • Simple-to-mount frame
  • Prone to leaking

4. Ritchie HF-743 Helmsman

  • Gentle red backlight
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Require you to shorten your stroke

3. Ritchie RA-93 Angler

  • Sapphire jewel movement
  • Works well on kayaks too
  • Extremely accurate and reliable

2. Brunton Dash Mount

  • 5-degree gradations
  • Whole unit is watertight
  • Very sensitive to movement

1. Ritchie Explorer

  • Holds steady in choppy waters
  • Built-in compensators
  • Quick and easy installation

2. Maxwell RC8

  • Maximum pull of 1320 pounds
  • Large through-deck hawsepipe
  • Handles all types of chain

1. Lewmar V3 Go FF

  • Failsafe anchor lock
  • Easy to install
  • Reliable worm gearbox

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