So will there be a problem with this? I have not taken the boat off the mooring to see how the instrument reacts, will do this on Saturday.
The compass will point north - always
Ideally you want it in a place not subject to magnetic interference
. Inboard vs outboard
and forward vs aft is better but not totally required. You'll do the calibration procedures noted in the documentation
(Or go to the RayMarine
web site and get the manuals
in PDF format). If you have problems doing the motoring in circles part of the calibration it means the location for the compass was probably the problem. A temporary mounting in that case allows you to try other locations and see which one works better.
You need to do all the calibrations in order to get decent results. It really makes a difference. It may seem OK out of the box without any but don't stop there. It also helps to check the heading against a GPS
and your own ships compass once calibrated to feel confident. The calibration will find the deviation errors on the boat and store corrections in the memory.