NDK Pilgrim, compass and britches

Ready to mount a compass on a new Pilgrim, but the Northwater paddle britches are in the way. To move the britches towards the bow, away from the compass mount would make the paddles unreachable. I may need to mount the compass in top of the britches or the compass may need to be slightly under the britches making it dark and hard to see. Anybody have had the same issues and found solution?