Tacktick Compasses

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20 Nov 2006 16:53 #19555 by Trevor Lloyd
I know these are relatively expensive, but, they work in the northern and southern hemispheres unlike conventional compasses and they have a race timer and a couple of other features. Most classes allow them, what do you think? I know they are not allowed by current class rules, maybe time for change?

http://www.holtdistribution.com/tacktic ... ne=compass

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20 Nov 2006 18:33 #13339 by Sinker
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Trev,
Agree with you.
When this was debated 3 or 4 years ago it failed to get passed as a rule change, but may be its time to try again for the 2007 AGM vote.

My stand point is that provided the only info is the heading <b>& is not one of the fancy ones that gives you header & lift data </b> they should be allowed.

Why should it matter if the information is a digital display or read off a dial. You still need the skill to know what to do with the information.

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21 Nov 2006 08:29 #13348 by Trevor Lloyd
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Hi Sinker

It is a disadvantage to anyone who understands shifts to have everyone blindly tacking on instructions from their compasses. On tidal waters using windshifts and bends is a little more complicated than just tacking on them. You would still need to know what you are doing.

Great to know there is some support for moving this forward.

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21 Nov 2006 19:01 #13358 by Christopher Matthews
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Im not a maths genis and some times find using a conventional compass easier to use because i can look and figer out + or - 10 alot quicker when i can see both number like on a number line
iF its more expense and theres no difference why bother.
i think we will have one shiped to pine lodge but im not sure yet


Chris

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21 Nov 2006 22:05 #13366 by Paul Hansen
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To me it is going to be like opening a can of worms once you allow electronic compasses, and not all classes allow them. When Kayleigh and Eloise had a 420 the compasses had to be traditional, although I believe 29ers use electronic. For those moving on to other classes I am sure mastering the traditional compass will be a useful skill.

Paul

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21 Nov 2006 22:16 #13367 by Trevor Lloyd
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Ah but it seems those of us with conventional northern hemisphere compasses need to buy another one (for the southern hemishere) so it's double bubble and almost as much as a tacktick.....

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