Whew!! Thank you for all the great ideas. All summer and on a trip this last fall, I used the GPS and started thinking, "What would I do if something happened to my GPS?" So I just finished a nautical navigation class for kayakers. -Great class to take. One more way to be as safe as you can be out on your water travels.- The idea of the class was to learn to navigate without any electrical devices. Hence, the need for a floating compass and where to place it.
Chekika, I still haven't figured out how to find the VMG on my GPS, but that will be for another thread.
Gringo, I looked at your watches, but, Whew!! a bit steep.$$$ Do you find when you're sailing rough waves and not steady, the reading isn't either?
I'm not yet to the point of feeling comfortable drilling a hole in the body of my AI. But I can see that would be a perfect solution.
NOHUHU, that little compass in your photo looks like what I'll try. Do you know if it is a Suunto orca pioneer compass? So, velcro will stick well to the AI hatch material? I have read in some threads, it doesn't stick well at all to the body of the AI, but the hatch is of a different material.
And Gringo, I have always felt the Pacific Northwest waters have a real beauty to them, but.......dang, the water you sail in is unbelievably beautiful. Let me come out there. please..please... You and Gringa could drag me behind your TI and I could gather conch, take underwater photos, swim Dooley to a island so he could find a good pee tree..... etc.etc.
Also, thank you, to everyone else who contributed to this thread. Good reading and advice.