Azimuth 1000

Azimuth 1000

If you want a compass with the features, quality, and design that meet the needs of your commercial vessel, the KVH Azimuth 1000 is the compass system for you! By combining digital heading and the familiar compass rose on a large, heads-up display with an easy-to-use off-course mode, the Azimuth 1000 makes steering easy and precise – no matter how fast you’re going or how rough the seas.

Totally self-contained for easy installation and designed to military quality standards, the Azimuth 1000 was named “Best Electronic Compass” by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) dealers for eight consecutive years. Azimuth 1000 is standard equipment on many leading brands of powerboats. Even the U.S. Navy approved the replacement of its ships’ magnetic card compasses with KVH digital compasses. The Azimuth 1000 can also provide heading data for use with radars, autopilots, plotters, and PC software through its fast,10 Hz NMEA 0183 output port.

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Options & Accessories


01-0145 : Azimuth 1000 Remote Sensor; for Power; Black Housing

01-0145-01 : Azimuth 1000 Remote Sensor; for Power; White Housing

01-0145-02 : Azimuth 1000 Remote Sensor; for Sail; Black Housing

01-0145-03 : Azimuth 1000 Remote Sensor; for Sail; White Housing

01-0148 : Azimuth 1000; Black Housing

01-0148-01 : Azimuth 1000; White Housing

Brochures & Datasheets

Document File Info
BROCHURE - Azimuth 1000 - U.S. format US (English) PDF file 220 KB / 2 pg
BROCHURE - Azimuth 1000 - A4 format European English Translation PDF file 204 KB / 2 pg


Document File Info
OWNER'S MANUAL - Azimuth 1000 PDF file 1.9 MB / 53 pg

Additional Documents, Forms & Pricing

Policies and AgreementsFile Info
KVH Industries, Inc. 1 Year/1 Year – LIMITED WARRANTY STATEMENT PDF file 30 KB / 1 pg
Price ListsFile Info
Compass/Repeater Price Sheet PDF file 148 KB / 2 pg



The Azimuth 1000 is a 12-volt unit. It will not work on a 24-volt system. Most 12-volt power supplies operate with a range of 11.5 and 13.5 volts. To avoid damage to the unit, keep the input power in this range.

Make sure that you have 12 VDC on the white wire.  If 12 VDC is running through the white wire and the display still will not light up, the unit will need to be returned to KVH for repair. Please contact KVH Technical Support at (401) 847-3327 or via e-mail at for a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number.
If the Azimuth 1000 has missing or dim segments in its display, the unit will need to be returned to KVH for repair. Please contact KVH Technical Support at (401) 847-3327 or via e-mail at
Complete details regarding all KVH product warranties are available on our Warranty pages.
Since fluxgate compasses are magnetic compasses, they can only reference the earth's magnetic field. They can not reference the earth's inertia and therefore cannot be made to know True North.

If you wish to navigate in true heading, you have a couple of options. KVH's Azimuth 1000, Azimuth 314AC, GyroTrac, and Sailcomp 103AC allow you to enter an offset angle. This means that you can enter your local variation value (either positive or negative) and the compass display will show true rather than magnetic heading. When your variation changes because you have traveled a significant distance, however, that offset angle will not update automatically. You must update it manually.

The GyroTrac can also interface with a vessel's GPS, allowing the compass to learn the variation from the GPS. With this option, your GyroTrac will give true heading and will automatically update to the correct variation.
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  • Self-contained for easy installation and designed to military quality standards
  • Automatic compensation ensures the highest degree of accuracy (±0.5º)
  • Backlit LCD display with rotating compass rose and large numerals offers clear viewing during both day and night
  • Interfaces with other NMEA 0183-compatible equipment, including radar, autopilots, plotters, and PC software
  • Simple push-button selection of off-course mode and any of 10 damping levels
  • World-class warranty coverage and support

Featured Options

The Azimuth 1000 is available in your choice of black or white housing:

Azimuth 1000

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