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Well, for the weekend cruiser....I keep a Suunto bearing (orienteering) compass in my nav kit anyway. The kind that has bearings AND reverse bearings on the dial, and can be held up to one eye to "sight" onto a target and take the bearing to it.
That doesn't replace having a larger fixed compass for helming the boat, but if all you are doing is piloting and using marks to helm by, that may be enough for now.
Or, a pair of binocs with a bearing compass in them, used similarly.
Anything that you don't cut a hole and mount flush, can eventually get in the way. Since you are in Miami...why not call Sailorman up in Fort Lauderdale, and ask them if they have any bargains on used compasses? If you've never been up there...take the ride up, it is a very interesting place to browse!