Your Marine Parts Depot Experts Talk About How Electronics Can Sometimes Complicate Things
Raritan Engineering Company your marine parts depotÂ specialists would like to share with you these topics we thought would be of interest to you this month regarding taking a break from electronics from time to time.
At the Melges 24 European Season Opener in Proto Roz, I invited multiple World Champion and Italian legend Flavio Favini to sail with me.
Favini and I talked about the merits, problems, and availability of having electronics on a smaller boat. Your marine parts depot experts know that due to the drop in complexity and price over the last decade, we’ve seen an influx of electronic instruments on smaller (less than 32 feet) racing sailboats.
In order for them to serve you well, they must work perfectly.
The amount of time I’ve spent messing around with badly functioning electronics outweighs the moments when they’ve truly been an asset during racing.
If you are going to have electronics on board, put a team member in charge of ensuring that they function properly, are periodically calibrated, and are using fresh batteries!
Sailors start chasing target speeds.
Target speeds. These two words make me cringe when I hear them.
Your marine parts depot dynamos know that target speeds have made their way down to smaller boats, but they provide trimmers, helmsman, and all of the team with a wrong sense of security (if you are easily hitting them) or insecurity (if you aren’t getting to a given target speed).
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Personally, I barely glimpse at them. My target speeds for a given day all originate from the tuning I do before racing starts, which makes it really important to get on the race course early!
Electronics can dull your instincts.
Top sailors don’t rely on electronics in order to make a boat go fast. Instead they focus on the signals the boat is giving them:
- How does the tiller feel?
- How quickly is the boat heeling?
- How is the boat pitching?
They have a finely-tuned inner 6-axis gyroscope telling them how the boat is moving through the water. They also rely on feedback from the crew.Â Electronics dull your instincts because sailors start depending on them more than on their inner 6-axis gyroscope.
Electronics can slow you down!
The problem with electronics is that they are always late. Every bit of information you get is delayed, and your reaction to it is even later.
So don’t forget these helpful pointers on how to take a break from electronics from time to time. 1)Â If you are going to have electronics on board, put a team member in charge of ensuring that they function properly, are periodically calibrated, and are using fresh batteries; Â 2) try very hard to avoid the tendancy of chasing target speeds; Â and 3) remember that electronics can dull your instincts.
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