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ST50 Gauges

So this new C&C 30 MK1 was a single handed racer with 6 ST50
intermentsí on board. My question is what to keep and what to get rid
of. I donít think I will be racing anytime soon. We will mostly be
river cursing and near shore on the weekends. We will be camping out
on the water on the weekends etc. So look at the photo and give me
your thoughts on what I should do.
I think there is a wind/speed, true /Apr wind, depth, tri-data. Iím
not sure what they all do?
I think I need a good GPS and a depth gauge. The GPS will have speed?
Give me your thoughts

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Re: ST50 Gauges

The depth gauge is the one really needed. You will not need GPS, might need speed if you plan more than a few hours of cruising.
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Re: ST50 Gauges

Our boat use is similar to yours. We have depth & handheld GPS, and we get along just fine.
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So this new C&C 30 MK1 was a single handed racer with 6 ST50
interments’ on board. My question is what to keep and what to get rid
of. I don’t think I will be racing anytime soon. We will mostly be
river cursing and near shore on the weekends. We will be camping out
on the water on the weekends etc. So look at the photo and give me
your thoughts on what I should do.
I think there is a wind/speed, true /Apr wind, depth, tri-data. I’m
not sure what they all do?
I think I need a good GPS and a depth gauge. The GPS will have speed?
Give me your thoughts

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The presence (or absence) of sailing information gauges has NOTHING to do with racing. Nothing.

Matter of fact the AP (ST4000) is a cruising/day sailing necessity for most of us.
As others have hinted at, there is a sort of "budgetary hierarchy" of gauges...

I would put the Depth and the AP right at the top of my list, numbers 1 & 2.
Speed and Wind information make sailing a lot more fun, but they are not as vital.

The Tri-Data is also a good instrument to have down below at the nav station, since it repeats some cockpit info. Apparent Wind is handy but (strictly IMHO) will not tell you much more than you can observe with your Mk One Eyeball when you study the tell tales and the Spar Fly at the masthead.

By the way, love the "river cursing" (mis)mention.... we sail on a river with sand bars, commercial traffic, and piling dams along the edges.... and indeed, some cursing does happen!


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Re: ST50 Gauges

If it works why not keep it? That vintage of equipment is probably close to being on life support, but if it's not yet then keep using it until it is. Assuming the cables are still in the mast? and the masthead unit is usable?

If the whole package is not there it's probably not worth trying to rejuvenate.

Depth is pretty crucial for shoal hopping.... but I can't really do without a good boat speed indication. GPS speeds can be misleading, esp in a river.
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The presence (or absence) of sailing information gauges has NOTHING to do with racing. Nothing.

I would put the Depth and the AP right at the top of my list, numbers 1 & 2.
Speed and Wind information make sailing a lot more fun, but they are not as vital.

The Tri-Data is also a good instrument to have down below at the nav station, since it repeats some cockpit info. Apparent Wind is handy but (strictly IMHO) will not tell you much more than you can observe with your Mk One Eyeball when you study the tell tales and the Spar Fly at the masthead.

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I hooked up the Tri-data this weekend and I'm not sure I know how to make it work? I can set the warning settings. I can set the Meter/feet.
It just keeps blinking 0.00 0.00 and It donít look like its picking up the depth? Any help on this? : Confused:
Thanks in advance. BTW: "river cursing" is a very hard way to learn the ropes. Once I have some experience on this 8+feet tidal change and you are right the sandbars will introduce them selfís to ya in a second
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