Dear fellow tech sailors,
My tactic was broken so I though maybe I can download an App and use my phone as temporary tactic. In that way I found this great app. This easter weekend no shops were openend. Lukily I found a second hand pebble watch for sale 2 km from my house for 55 euro’s. I would like to share my findings and provide feedback about my first 1,5 days sailing with raceQs.
First of all, it works great!! I used it as an Helmsman on a F18 catamaran in 20 knots breeze with 1.7 meter waves. As a Helmsman you cannot look on your watch for more than 3 seconds, so I think i have to give the watch to my crew.
At the first start I noticed that my glove “folds up” when I raise my hand and that makes it to push the buttons all the time. Maybe it’s a good idea to long press buttons all the time?
I know the memory on the pebble is limited, but can’t we use the phone’s memory? I would like to see a log of what happend on the race course, in that way sailors can learn and we can provide detailed feedback to the app maker.
Speed & heading screen
Flashing of Sog/COG is unnecessary, show me speed/heading variances all the time.
Time is not useful for me. Maybe show VMG instead?
Cog variance is currently determined over a periode of 60 seconds. I’m sailing a F18 catamaran, so 60 seconds is to long. Can this number be lowered, or can you set it as user?
Not usefull for me, i would like to switch it off.
This is the best feature! I seemed to ignore the header vibrations because I know I was in a header but I wanted to sail to lay-line. So maybe it’s handy to have different vibration types for different notification. Some suggestions
OCS –> super long vibration
Header/Lift –> vibrate 1 time
Layline–> Vibrate 3 times
Mark set–> semi long vibration
Can we have more settings? like Boat length and width! (It is in the user guide but I cannot adjust it.
Maybe we can use more settings to adjust or disable displays and the cues?
Is current taken into account?
My track can be viewed here: