Before I left Sydney
I bought a Rip Curl tide watch. In addition to the time you can choose the name of the a beach anywhere in the world and the watch will display details of current
tide (height, rising, falling) and the times of the next low and high tides.
I found this functionality extremely useful when coming in to unfamiliar harbours. When combined with the chart plotter and the sounder I have everything I need to navigate shallow waters, anchor
, set scope
, and predict currents. At 1am when the boat swings and I wake, I can easily see on the watch that the tide current
changed, rather than the wind
. It is also useful when leaving the dinghy
on the beach, going for a long walk, fishing
, or surfing.
I do believe more sailors would benefit from buying
one of these watches.