I purchased a Watchmate 850 in March and used it during a crossing of the Atlantic and for 3 months in the Mediterranean
. It was one of the best purchased I've made for Palarran for several reasons.
1- It is very easy to use. Almost anyone can sit down in front of the screen
and learn to use the functions in about 5 minutes
2- I like the standalone feature because it is redundent on gps
signals but also because you can turn all your other electronic equipment
off when at anchor
and leave only the 850 on.
3- Being able to set the alarm
parameters for Offshore
, Costal, Harbor, and Anchor
prevents the alarm
from going off all the time for no reason.
And the biggest reason -
It has to be the best anchor alarm you can buy for the money
. I put a Radio
Shack potentiometer and alarm buzzer on the inside of our cabin
. It is loud enough to wake the dead depending on the pot setting. The accuracy is quite unbelievable, easy to set, low power
draw, easy graphics, etc. I can not say enough about how comforting it is to have such a great system watching out for us on anchor. You can sleep soundly.
The only drawback is that the screen is hard to see from an angle greater then maybe 30 degrees. It's better at night but still not "great" in that regard. So, you have to position yourself directly in front of it to see clearly. I shouldn't be that lazy!!