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Zen master black tape fix......
Cover the GPS speed readout with tape - unless you are in the immediate presence of any other sailboat on remotely the same tack which then MUST be beat to any imaginary point. It might be good to know how fast you were going when you "beat them" in case you ever meet them in reality and they ask questions.
Black electric tape works best for altering reality because it is cheap, easily removable and does not require going below to turn off the instrument. Heading and depth are still useful so careful cutting and placement of said tape may be necessary. An expensive "sailing" knife may be required for such accurate cutting.
On VHF NEVER acknowledge if speed is through the water or SOG.
Generally speaking SOG is becoming the "new normal"; as are mens's pants waists with pleats or X PANDO! Waistbands are held in relation to the size of the average mature American male.
Theoretically it is possible in any monohull sailing vessel to do 9 or 10 knots with a 32 inch waist at 62 years of age. It just takes blind faith, great imagination, obstinate certitude or strategic placement of black tape.
Last edited by Dfok; 06-16-2013 at 08:44 PM.
Reason: what else? spieling stuff