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|04-01-2006 10:20 PM|
|sailnaway||Ahhhhh the post is still alive I hope the person who started this bought a nice watch ,water proof one and it tells time. All the gizmo stuff is BS. TSD is all you need a watch for, OH! and bottom time.|
|03-20-2006 08:43 AM|
A watch with all the bells and whistles
I am with with you, thinking that a watch that does the barometer, compass thing would be helpful. To those who might say it would not be accurate enough to be useful I say "pish posh". Let's assume that the watch has a LARGE/HUGE (+ or - , 7%) error in both pressure and magnetic compass.
You are in your dingy poking around some little islands near your anchorage in coastal maine when a fog bank rolls in and your ALL TURNED AROUND and the current is carrying you in who knows what direction? Which way do you row ?
You are sailing coastal and are passing the last good inlet/harbor for ..."a while/ a good ways" when you glance at the barometric pressure and see that it has been dropping steadily and fast for several hours. ?? What to do ??
Even if it were true that the actual reading of the pressure and direction was off a bit, it would not make it less useful in these two cases. I believe that most wrist units today are more likley in the WILD GUESS=> (+ or - , 1 or 2%) range.
Now I am being sarcastic when I say that (a) most folks probably keep a survival kit including compass in thier dingy when cruising and always review a chart and tide/current tables before poking around in the dink, and (b) those same folks religiously note barometric pressure and trend in the logbook every hour. Ha! Having said all that I don't have such a gizmo.
However, every time I go to Walmart I make it a point to pass by the watch display in the jewelry case to see if the compass watches have gotten any smaller and if they have barometer/tide. Casio and Sunnto are the main players doing wrist watch fancy computer gizmos but their are a few others. It is the fact that they have been SO DARN BIG, almost like wearing an alarm clock on your wrist that has kept me from joining the club, but I keep looking and I know that in the next 12-36 months the market place will provide what you asked for and more in a both a small form factor and at a price point that will bring them into Walmart.
As for computer interfacing the ones available ??tomorrow?? will be wireless capable and will likely serve as interface/display into your boats data system (e.g. TackTick) and will talk to OsX, Linux, Windows Vista and your kids $100 laptop.
|03-19-2006 02:55 PM|
Another good choice is a Citizen EcoDrive SailHawk. The stainless steel version is in your price range, with the titanium version just a bit more ($240 or so). It's a very nice watch and was the team watch for the America's Cup team in 2002. It has an excellent race timer that counts down with audible cues for various points in the countdown, can reset to the set time and continue counting, and counts up once it reaches zero.
One nice thing about the Sailhawk, is that it is solar powered, and water resistant... so you never have to change the batteries or break the seal on the watch.
The rotating bezel on the watch is designed to help you with course calculations, and shows you the course to steer for starboard and port tacks on both the windward and leeward legs based on the compass course you wish to make good.
|03-16-2006 10:14 PM|
I also have a Casio G-Shock that is a surfers model, gives you the tides, moon phase, moon rise & set, Sun rise & set, stopwatch, countdown & alarms for less than $100. You can set it for various surfspots around the world that are preprogramed or set it to your local Long/Lat. Got my on the web from www.watchesplanet.com appeared to have come straight from the factory in Malaysia.
3/17 0700 hrs. I've edited the website above as I had erred and left out the E.
|03-16-2006 05:51 PM|
|sailnaway||A SEIKO diver is on of the best buys you can make I have had mine for 15 years and it still keeps perfect time. I have beat it dove with it knocked it spilled everything you can think of on it had it close to magnets. Seiko makes good watches.|
|03-15-2006 07:27 PM|
If I were you I'd go with the Douglas Gill watch.
It's there newest one out that you can get either
with the stainless steel band or a rubber band.
It's got the big floating digital dislay you can turn
on and off. Great for racing and it's a nice look
when out on the town. It's right around $94 to 120
depending which band you go with.
You can find one here at Mauri pro sailing shop
|03-15-2006 04:01 PM|
|SailorMitch||Here's another vote for the Casio Sea Pathfinder line. They have a bunch of models, and they don't cost an arm and a leg. The one I have is solar powered, so no need to change batteries.|
|03-15-2006 02:38 PM|
Casio makes Sea Pathfinder watches and Suunto makes a whole line of watches one of which may suit your purpose. I would suggest doing a google search or looking on ebay. Good luck.
|03-15-2006 01:39 PM|
|Filmsomething||Ok, that sounds like a plan.|
|03-15-2006 01:04 PM|
Each person's idea of a specialized "sailing" watch will vary widely, since we all have different requirements. Aside from the expected attributes of being waterproof (depth-rated) and maintaining absolutely accurate time, other variables such as taste, fashion and status have an effect on wristwatch choices.
Personally, I like simplicity, but demand the best quality and proven performance in my watches. Since I engage in many types of water sports, including wreck diving, sailing and kayaking, the watch needs to be very durable as well. My favorite watch is a Tag Heuer Aquaracer Automatic, with blue dial, saphire crystal and stainless bracelet. It's a basic watch with only a calendar, following the "less is more" philosophy.
While diving, I rely on separate console computers for life support monitoring. When sailing, the helm-mounted instruments provide all the info I need. My needs are specific and will vary with others - just as yours should. The Tag, even discounted, cost me well over $1,000.00, so it is a bit over your budget of $200.00. Remember, if you're just a daysailor, leave the complex chronographs to the professional air pilots and Americas' Cup skippers. It is my opinion, within your price range, you will just substitute quality for quantity. I would suggest you start by going to your local jeweler and checking out whatever appeals to you and your budget.
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