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Re: Heading and everything
Top of the 4 we use on our Garmin is speed. Next comes the time of arrival, but we are always going somewhere, not out and back from a slip. I think it is one of the most useful tools as I can try to shave minutes off and that means I'm improving efficiency.
The third one down is XTE which is mighty helpful to see if you have any current or are making a lot of leeway. This is the biggest change from sailing the islands before GPS.
Lastly, and mainly for fun, is miles to go. Since most of our sails on a charter are from 7.8miles to 41 miles, the people often want to know, not because they are seasick or anything, they just aren't used to traveling at a paltry 15 km.
There are literally hundreds of combinations in 4 drop down tabs, but these seem the best suited for our kind of sailing.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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