Originally Posted by idsebby
I guess I am OCD if there is a hole where a compass goes then a compass should go there...
If the compass fits, wear it!
I'd buy it and give it a blow over of matt black. IMO, a compass is a must have on a boat. Not just IMO really - they're standard equipment, up there with anchors and lifejackets. I think they're underrated - I use mine regularly (and I'm well tooled up with navigation kit). I'll often refer to it to establish what course I'm on and then maintain it - without looking down to examine plotters etc. If I hit a wee squall or mist obscures my destination, the compass will keep me right for a short time.
That said, you REALLY need to get a working fixed VHF into that RIB - a HH is nice to have but in my experience, of very limited use. If I was as skint as you claim to be, I'd buy the cheap compass to fill the hole and look for a Standard Horizon DSC VHF with built in GPS
. It has a limited navigation facility - but if you take the time to plan and input waypoints in advance - it will get you home in the dark/fog/rain. It will also save your life in an emergency. Sterling is sh1t cheap ATM - do it!