SailTimer tips…


 

The SailTimer family of products are unique among GPSs in realizing that sailboats often zig-zag to their destination, which affects the distance and travel time.  If standard GPS chartplotters don’t know how far your tacking route is, how can they calculate the ETA correctly?  Fortunately, SailTimer solves this problem. 

Whether you use the SailTimer software in the app from iTunes or in The Sailing GPS, it provides an instant display of your optimal tacking route, distance and Tacking Time to Destination. (http://www.SailTimerApp.com/)

 

 

The Sailing GPS is unique in realizing that sailboats tack to their destination, which affects the distance and travel time.  If standard GPS chartplotters don’t know how far your tacking route is, how can they calculate the ETA correctly?  Fortunately, The Sailing GPS solves this problem.  It accounts for sailboat tacking when calculating optimal routes, distances and Tacking Time to Destination.

 Easy to use. Viewable in direct sunlight. Sturdy case with no glass screen — just drop it in your boat bag and go.

 

(http://www.TheSailingGPS.com/)

The first anemometer in the world that can send wind speed & direction through the air to a handheld device.  It is wireless, solar-powered and waterproof.  Just attach to the masthead with two screws, and start using it. 

Standard GPS chartplotters do not account for the tacking distances when calculating a sailboat’s ETA.  SailTimer software solves this problem, with a display of the optimal tacks, distances on each tack, and Tacking Time to Destination (TTD). Now sailors can continually update the optimal tacking calculations as the wind changes, with data sent magically through the air from the SailTimer Wind Vane. 

Wireless. Solar-Powered.

  • 300 feet line of sight transmission range.
  • Recharges 8 hours of sailing in 1 hour of direct sunlight.
  • Lasts 65 days on full battery charge (520 hours).
  • 20-year lifespan estimated for the lithium batteries.
  • Deep sleep:  Wakes up every 8 seconds, to check if Base Unit is there.
  • Power sipping:  Turns on for just a few milliseconds to transmit data.
  • No wires to install down mast or through boat.
  • Works in sub-zero temperatures, so can also watch winter storm winds in off-season.
  • Uses standard NMEA 0183 format compatable with other marine electronics.

 

There is a choice of base units with the SailTimer Wind Vane.  This small blue box runs on two AA batteries, receiving the wind data from the masthead, and converting it to standard NMEA format for marine electronics. 

  • Get the wifi base unit for smartphones and tablets running compatable apps like the SailTimer app.
  • Get the Bluetooth base unit if you want to send wind data to The Sailing GPS
  • For bringing the Wind Vane data into charting software on a Mac or PC, you can use either 
    the Bluetooth or wifi versions, whichever suits your computer arrangement better. (MacENC has posted a set-up page, but for other charting software you may want to verify compatability with the manufacturer.)  (http://www.SailTimerWindVane.com)

 

SailTimer tips for sailing in the digital age

 

 

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