Originally Posted by Nicholson58
I love mine too. Did you buy the external GPS
? I am looking for a compact unit to add on. I just sent an E-Mail to Gilson with the specs. Milspec marine
has one listed for less than Vesper but it is physically large and comes with 10 meter cable. I am trying to put it inside the FRP panel over my companionway
. 5-inch cable works. If a 20 dollar Gilson works I will buy spares as well as a stand-alone for my Standard Horizon 2100
Yes, I bought an external GPS antenna
, and the Vesper splitter.
One story . . .Sailing down the west coast
in 35+ and big seas, on a course for San Fran, the Watchmate sounded an alarm
. An outbound containership was going to be passing within .1 nm. We called him up on VHF
, explained that with the sea state, wind
strength, and a broken traveller, it would not be easy to jibe out of his way. I politely asked if he could alter course, and he did (yes, I am fully aware he was the stand on vessel). If I did not have the Watchmate, I would not have seen the ship until he was sounding the horn. The Watchmate also showed he could only turn 6 degrees/mi.
The Watchmate made the situation easy and safe. I frequently spotted vessels 60+ miles out. Buy one, as you cannot write the check on the way down.