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post #7 of Old 06-09-2012
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Re: Pointing Ability

The minor exception I take to Jeff's statements in no way detract from my overall agreement with his points.

If you have a chartplotter you can off set up a databar to show heading and course over ground (COG). This can be illuminating. Setting a waypoint and watching VMG can be similarly helpful. Without a chartplotter a handheld GPS or even most smartphones can provide a lot of useful data when coupled with a compass.

With regard to sea trials, a sea trial takes however long it takes. In two major boat purchases of my own and several I have participated in a pretty detailed sea trial test plan was submitted as part of the offer and was accepted. Auspicious took two days; my previous boat one long day. I had polars from Frers for Auspicious so I just checked a few points. It doesn't hurt to be a naval architect... *grin*

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