Originally Posted by cagney
What about using Ctrl + M as a dedicated anchor
Carryover from previous thread...
I do not think that the Anchor
Watch deserves coding / testing / documenting / remembering another keyboard shortcut.
As much as I would always like to drop a mark the instant the anchor goes down, in practice (unless seriously overcrewed) it never happens. There's simply too much to do up on deck
- test the holding, watch the transits, watch the neighbouring boats... the need to reanchor is always a possibility... so the Anchor Alarm
is only set after all this is done, and the sundowner / nightcap (or whatever the time of day happens to be) drinks are served.
No need to have a quick mode of doing that.
In practice, alas, I always estimate the anchor position from the track plot and some guessing (more if using OpenCPN
, less if using MaxSea).
Having said that, 2.6.x brings in some new issues...
1. The 2.6.1012 Anchor Alarm
circle seems to be blank filled now, obscuring the anchor watch mark (should be transparent, as in 2.5.0 example - last attachement).
2. The 2.6.x track display at medium scale cleverly shows the history
of path crossings (the later one comes on top), but at large scale is hardly useful at all...
I consider a detailed track plot to be much more effective tool for safe anchoring
than the Anchorwatch, which is the last-resort safeguard. I attach again a plot from MaxSea
, where one can at a glance see how the anchor did hold over past hours - every gust of wind
, tensioning of the chain, turn of the tide is clearly visible. All what is needed is the ability to change the plot colour now and then...