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Forum: Electronics   04-08-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
Re: Garmin GPS 72H and VMG?

And what I'm saying is that the waypoint above should *not* be based on wind direction, precisely because (as you mention) it isn't consistent. Instead, put the waypoint far above the line created by...
Forum: Electronics   04-08-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
Re: Garmin GPS 72H and VMG?

SinbadOz. Setting the distant waypoint is easy if you know the lat/long of both marks. Before the race, you should make at least one lap of the course. While making the lap, get the lat/long of both...
Forum: Electronics   04-08-2012
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
Re: Garmin GPS 72H and VMG?

I'll jump in with a recommendation here... For an upwind/downwind course, you only need one waypoint.

The upwind and downwind marks make a line. Project that line as far upwind as you can and put...
Forum: Apps & Authors   06-28-2011
Replies: 540
  Sticky: Recommended Reading
Views: 135,411
Posted By danielt63
Dove by Robin L. Graham I got my start in...

Dove by Robin L. Graham

I got my start in sailing when I forged my dad's signature to get the Time - Life Library of Boating books mailed to me, one every other month (12 in all.) (This was in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-28-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 1,922
Posted By danielt63
The kids are grown and pretty much out of the...

The kids are grown and pretty much out of the house. My wife had been putting quite a few miles on her old wal-mart bike so I bought her one of those fancy road/racing bikes for her birthday this...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-25-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 3,192
Posted By danielt63
Yes. Portsmouth numbers are based on the results...

Yes. Portsmouth numbers are based on the results of actual races.
Forum: Learning to Sail   06-23-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,721
Posted By danielt63
It seems to me that many people get the sailing...

It seems to me that many people get the sailing bug because they happened upon a cheep boat and then want to take it out. The boat they get is often a dinghy and not necessarily a good platform to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-20-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 8,676
Posted By danielt63
It's not super easy to sail such a boat single...

It's not super easy to sail such a boat single handed, but it can be done. Most of the power is in the main so be ready to spill wind from it. The only time the main should be cleated is when you are...
Forum: Electronics   06-17-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
It's on my list, but it doesn't seem to have an...

It's on my list, but it doesn't seem to have an easy way to transfer data to my computer for later study. (Seriously, what computers have serial ports anymore?) The 72H has a USB port.

I'm looking...
Forum: Electronics   06-16-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
The idea is that if you have a waypoint set that...

The idea is that if you have a waypoint set that is very far away (1000 to 2000 miles for example,) to windward, then you can effectively gauge windward performance. Sailing lower will gain actual...
Forum: Electronics   06-16-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
If you are close-hauled and your VMG is zero,...

If you are close-hauled and your VMG is zero, then you know that you are on the layline. If your VMG is negative, then you know you have passed the layline. That sounds pretty useful to me. Also as...
Forum: Electronics   06-15-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
I would think so too. It makes sense that a...

I would think so too. It makes sense that a waypoint needs to be selected to calculate VMG (since VMG means "velocity made good" toward some point.) However as I said in my OP, the owner's manual for...
Forum: Electronics   06-15-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 6,666
Posted By danielt63
Garmin GPS 72H and VMG?

I was thinking about purchasing a Garmin 72H for use in a dinghy (primarily for distance, speed and VMG since I will remain in sight of the dock.) I downloaded the owner's manual from Garmin's...
Forum: Boat Reviews   06-07-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 22,236
Posted By danielt63
I have sailed the Wave, Getaway and the Hobie 16...

I have sailed the Wave, Getaway and the Hobie 16 out of the sailing center I am a member of. Based on your implication that the people sailing the boat will not likely get into sailing, the Wave is...
Forum: Boat Reviews   06-07-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 22,236
Posted By danielt63
I'm 5'-8" 160 lbs. I capsized a getaway once and...

I'm 5'-8" 160 lbs. I capsized a getaway once and I was unable to right it myself. With more practice, maybe I could have done it but that's my experience so far...
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