I’m not sure I’ll use it. I’m not sure I needed it. But, I wanted it. Every sailboat ought to have a compass. Not some new fangled GPS (though I’m not necessarily against these modern devises), but an actual magnetic compass. Also, I didn’t want one that required batteries and would illuminate at night. No, I just wanted a good old fashion end of the world magnetic compass.
I wanted to mount it directly centered on BH 3 but the mast box is almost the exact same width as the bolt pattern for the compass. So, I had to move off center to get the job done. I built a 3/4″ backer plate to hold the compass off the bulkhead for proper installation. The backer plate and compass are through bolted to BH3.
I like how the compass is out of the way and easy to read. I love the simple magnetic nature of this devise…no batteries ever. It’s as if Mother Nature wanted us to have a way to navigate and this compass will allow you to do it.