I'll add an option for polar plots for heading.
I do not have access to a Raymarine
X-5, is it open source? Eventually I will be implementing electronic sheet control which should help pointing ability and overall speed (as wind speed changes)
As far as wind speed/direction, magnetic heading, speed through water
, gyroscopes and accelerometers (wave action) etc... (all the data gps
does not cover) I have all the hardware
to do this, but opencpn
needs a better interface for reading this data, and publishing it to plugins. Preferably supporting as many systems as possible.
If anyone knows, please explain how some sailing algorithms could work
(maybe that is my next plugin) I could optimize gps speed over ground by slight variations in heading and sheets
. But everything changes based on currents and windspeed (or if you reef), but it should still be useful, and pointing angle will change based on it. Maybe we can build support into opencpn to automatically calculate routes that avoid water
too shallow for your draft
, take advantage of tides/currents, and automatically calculate tack angles and when to do so.