Dials in magnetic compasses should be balanced to compensate for dip caused by the earth’s magnetic field. All Ritchie Compasses are standard balanced for Zone 1 (essentially all of the northern hemisphere). Compasses cannot be zone balanced in the field. If unsure of the correct zone to order, contact our Sales Department at [email protected] for additional information.

Purchase an appropriately zoned compass that is central to your boating area. For example:

Country Rec Zone Balance
AustraliaZone 6
BrazilZone 4 or 5
GuamZone 3
PanamaZone 2
Zone Chart