[Loadstone] Clock-face cardinal discrepancy in exploration mode
robert.sandberg at sap.com
Fri Oct 12 16:15:49 BST 2007
I agree, an intervaled Heading announcement would be a brilliant
feature to have. I'm not using Loadstone for steering, because as you
say, it's too complicated what with all the other things going on. When
steering, I use an Autohelm acoustic compass where you can enter a
heading and it indicates deviation to port and starboard.
Loadstone is good for planning a route though. If you're sailing a lot
in a particular area, you can enter the main buoys such as harbour
approach and shallow water. Then, if you want to go from A to B, you can
determine the heading you need to steer, using the exploration mode.
You can also check relevant buoys between A and B and have loadstone
announce them on approach. You need to set quite a long approach
distance of course. Then, on approaching, you can adjust your heading
depending on whether you want to leave the buoy at Port or Starboard.
It's such fun!
From: loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com
[mailto:loadstone-bounces at loadstone-gps.com] On Behalf Of David
Sent: 12 October 2007 15:49
To: loadstone at loadstone-gps.com
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Clock-face cardinal discrepancy in exploration
> Oh please keep that setting option. take out the clock/face if you
> please, but leave me the degrees. I have mine set to degrees and it's
> the most accurate option. Some of us are hobby sailors and this option
> is most useful when determining a heading.
First of all, I agree, in my experience the clock face is usually only
as a relative direction, and in exploration mode it might be less
if it was removed.
My real interest though is your reference to sailing. I do quite a bit
sailing and have used Loadstone with some success. My biggest problem
though is with one hand on the tiller and the other on the main sheet,
difficult to get a constantly updated reading of my course. What would
nice, and if you have found a work around, let me know, is to have
constantly speaking out the course, say every 5 to 10 seconds. This may
also help when crossing wide open areas such as a parking lot or park.
may initially know the direction you want to go, but keeping a
straight line is sometimes a problem, especially when you get thrown off
As well, I am interested in how you or anyone else uses Loadstone while
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