I might be inclined to go with a single bulkhead mount of a size that is readable from either position. It will be in a much less rigorous environment than on the mast and will be much easier to light.
There is that. And for maintaining an established bearing, I suppose you don't need
to be directly behind the compass.
Installing one is much easier than might be imagined.
Cut a hole of the desired size, orient compass upright (might be the trickiest part), mark screw holes, drill, mount?
I wonder if my RotoZip has a bit suitable for fiberglass? Make a template out of that thin, brown fiber board (can't think what it's called atm) and Bob's your uncle.
Do most people just hook compass illumination and the like to their running lights circuit, or use a separate switch?
PM me for some tricks and techniques for doing so.
Will do. Thanks!
There are also compasses that can be mounted within the deck as well...
Yes, I just saw two very large ones on the side decks of a J35 last week.
... though I'm not sure that your boat has a spot for that which would be readable but not cause an obstruction to foot movement.
Nope. Intriguing thought, tho
And you could always add the second bulkhead mount later if you found it necessary.
The boat once had a bulkhead-mounted compass on the port side, below the knotmeter. The PO upgraded the traveller to windward sheeting and moved it up to just behind the companionway. Apparently the bottom block must've given the compass a whack, because one day, whilst racing, he noticed it leaking. So he replaced it with the larger compass up on the mast.
To avoid that, were I to go that way, I'd see if I couldn't put the new compass up above the knotmeter. (Above the depth sounder on the starboard side.)
Then again: I wanted to upgrade the radio to something that would have a RAM. I was kind of thinking that bulkhead would be a good place for the RAM. Could be a problem for a compass. Then again: Maybe I don't
want a RAM there, as I can just see the mainsheet coming across on a broad reach gybe, getting caught up in the RAM's coiled cord and ripping the whole think right out of the bulkhead.
And bringing that up just reminded me of something else: The DC switch panel is on the cabin side of the starboard bulkhead. Hmmm...