Oh, how cool. I love this. Thanks for posting
For the way we are, a watch would be more useful than having the usual second display at the wheel
or in the cockpit
. Those have not been reliable for me.
The main thing I'd want is to be able to see the depth
on my wrist -- that'd be so nice for when we are coming into an anchorage and one of us is standing on the bow pulpit. Currently, the person at the helm
knows the depth
but can't see the bottom well, and the person at the bow can see into the water
really well but, without the depth, has trouble calibrating the water
color to a depth. So we have to yell back and forth a bit. It'd be so nice to just know the base depth precisely and be able to tell if the rock rising up is going to be anywhere close to the keel
. In shallow, murky, anchorages
I've used a lead line at the bow, just because it yields better situational awareness (and is less annoying) than yelling the depth back and forth over and over again.
The autopilot remote
part might be nice for doing sail changes alone. Not that big of a deal, but it might eliminate unnecessary trips back to the cockpit
to relieve pressure on the sails
as you reef or raise a sail, especially when you are new to a boat and are not yet to the point you can reliably just set it at a good course to keep the main from flogging but not drawing so much that it's hard to reef, and thus have to go back to the cockpit and have it bear off or pinch more once you are halfway through.
I am some shade of a luddite -- I like simple. But, in a way, a watch is simpler than having a second repeater display for something that is already in the pilothouse or chart table.