Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10-29-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
cptmclark is on a distinguished road
Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

This is my first year of racing our new to us Precision 23 (1984 edition). We've done pretty well, but lack polish and could do a lot better. This post is about instrumentation, which I've found is a discouragingly vast topic. Someone showed me the ProStart unit by Velocitek. It would be very good for starts, having GPS-WAAS capability for marking the start line. I can't see in the literature whether it can plot a course or save waypoints.
I hope to learn the best choice or choices for my purposes, which may include plotting a GPS WAAS course that I can save. If this course could be overlaid on a chart, that would be so much the better.
I've seen that I could easily break my small budget in trying different units that look good, but out of so many dozens I get depressed just thinking about learning enough to make the buy decisions properly and only once.

Thank you all in advance for your experienced suggerstions and advice.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 10-29-2013
Rhys05's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 231
Thanks: 4
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Rhys05 is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

I ended up getting a Lowrance chartplotter/fishfinder (Lowrance Elite-5 DSI) for instrumentation on our boat. It can plot your course as well as give depth and speed, all for ~$400. I had looked at things like the "Speedpuck" or other sailing specific instrumentation, but all of those tended to cost the same or more than the Lowrance with less functionality. Admittedly, the Lowrance doesn't have the sailboat racing functionality that you may be looking for, but it does work very well as a speedometer and depthfinder. You might consider a sailing app on your smartphone for some of the racing timers etc. as well. YMMV
__________________
S2 7.9 - Fast, Fun, and Beautiful!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 10-29-2013
zz4gta's Avatar
I don't discuss my member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 2,445
Thanks: 0
Thanked 16 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 8
zz4gta is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Depth sounder is nice but a handheld GPS is a must. You NEED boatspeed and speed over ground. Other than that, it's just getting Gucci.
__________________
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 10-29-2013
Rhys05's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 231
Thanks: 4
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Rhys05 is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Yep, the depthfinder was icing on the cake. I just couldn't justify something like the SpeedPuck for nearly the same price as a decent, if basic, chartplotter with a depthfinder as a bonus. I also really didn't want to have to drill holes in my hull for a transponder.
__________________
S2 7.9 - Fast, Fun, and Beautiful!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 10-29-2013
Alex W's Avatar
no longer reading SailNet
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,308
Thanks: 2
Thanked 139 Times in 133 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Alex W is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Check the Gear Anarchy forum on Sailing Anarchy. That forum has a stronger racing focus and this is a popular topic.
__________________
I'm no longer participating on SailNet.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 10-29-2013
Alex W's Avatar
no longer reading SailNet
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,308
Thanks: 2
Thanked 139 Times in 133 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Alex W is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Also, depth finder transducer can be installed without drilling a hole in uncored hulls. Just bond it with no bubbles inside the hull. Toilet bowl wax works well and is not permanent.

Depth can be useful if you are trying to avoid a tack and getting close to a lee shore.
__________________
I'm no longer participating on SailNet.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 10-29-2013
Rhys05's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Indiana
Posts: 231
Thanks: 4
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Rhys05 is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

I used toilet bowl wax. Worked great for this past season. I have a cored hull, but fortunately there is a patch of solid fiberglass directly in front of the keel.
__________________
S2 7.9 - Fast, Fun, and Beautiful!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 10-29-2013
tommays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 4,270
Thanks: 1
Thanked 27 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 7
tommays will become famous soon enough
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

The problem with starting a race is NOT were the line is

The problem is the chess match of putting YOUR boat in the best position VS the other X amount of boats that also want to be in the same position

The most important thing is a STRONG understanding of the racing rules so you understand how to be that boat

The rule book is not that much help compared to and APP like you tack pro which gives a much better picture of the rules in real life


We also have done many clinics by North Sails and the best thing we have gone to is a Dave Perry presentation
__________________
1970 Cal 29 Sea Fever

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

1981 J24 Tangent 2930
Tommays
Northport NY


If a dirty bottom slows you down what do you think it does to your boat
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by tommays; 10-29-2013 at 04:09 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 10-29-2013
JimsCAL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Glen Cove, NY
Posts: 2,470
Thanks: 2
Thanked 41 Times in 38 Posts
Rep Power: 8
JimsCAL is on a distinguished road
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Most important instruments are a Windex and telltales on your headsail.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 10-29-2013
Classic30's Avatar
Once known as Hartley18
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 4,564
Thanks: 33
Thanked 48 Times in 48 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Classic30 will become famous soon enough Classic30 will become famous soon enough
Re: Instrumentation for club racer, small cruiser

Agree with that 100%..

..but if the OP is after some instrumentation, the Rockbox is well worth looking at. It's much the same as the Velocitek dinghy stuff only with a few more features especially for club racers.
__________________
-
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"

Last edited by Classic30; 10-29-2013 at 07:29 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Racer / Cruiser T34C Boat Review and Purchase Forum 34 07-18-2008 01:30 PM
36 (ish) Racer / Cruiser craigtoo Boat Review and Purchase Forum 30 12-12-2007 12:37 PM
Small cruiser/racer cockpits bmunson Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 09-03-2006 07:58 AM
small racer/cruiser magpie Boat Review and Purchase Forum 0 09-06-2003 05:04 PM
Racer Cruiser RyanMI25 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 08-15-2003 03:17 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:38 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.