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Topic: Compass Plastimo bulb replacement.
Posted By: Larssol
Subject: Compass Plastimo bulb replacement.
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 19:21
Dear forum friends!

Hanse 325/ Compass: Plastimo Olympic 135.

Light bulb replacement.

I have a Plastimo Olympic 135 Compass, and I am not quite sure how to open the black protection cap to be able to replace the light bulb.

Do I unscrew the whole compass (I guess so)

and thereafter how do I get access to bulb exchange?

Regards, Lars Solgård

Posted By: Larssol
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 19:23

Posted By: Henrik84
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 21:44
I don´t Think you can change it, I hink you have to buy a new one. This is one thing that doesn´t cost alot of Money.


S/Y LaRey
Hanse 320 #430
Gothenburg, Sweden

Posted By: Larssol
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 22:00
Hi Henrik. I think you misunderstood my question? I would exactly like to exchange the light bulbs but don't quite know how to get access to do so?

Posted By: Wayne's World
Date Posted: 05 May 2013 at 23:49
I found the following on another forum. Hope it helps.
"I have just changed the bulbs in my Plastimo compass - I think mine is an Olymic 135 looking the interweb: mine is the pedestal type with a three piece plastic cover that slides over the compass bit. To change the bulb you need to take off the plastic Plastimo screw covers and undo the two large screws either side on the pivot point of the hood assembly. You should then be able to remove this and see the small bulbs fixed inside the first hood section. You might need to remove the compass to get the the junction of the wires as the wires are soldered to the bulbs and you change the lot. I bought new bulbs in Marine Superstore in Port Solent - they had them in stock! Fairly easy job in fact. Good luck"

Wayne W
Cruising, currently in the Caribbean and will head across the Pacific early 2024

Posted By: Larssol
Date Posted: 06 May 2013 at 05:58
Thank you for your help!


Posted By: CharlesP
Date Posted: 06 May 2013 at 17:29
You may have to take off the chartplotter because the wires may be held in place by cable ties. They are on my boat so it would make it difficult to remove the compass very far. If you remove the chartplotter, your hands will easily fit inside the pod. The wires to my compass have spade connectors so I can then easily pull them apart. Then I can remove the compass with its bulb wires.

After you have changed the bulb with its new wires, remember to twist the wires around each other if they are not already twisted together and run them back around the compass cover. The reason for twisting wires is to prevent the electricity affecting the magnetic reading of the compass.



320 Nr 536 2010


Posted By: Larssol
Date Posted: 06 May 2013 at 20:27
Dear Charles. Thank you for your answer. I will look into it. Regards,


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