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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. @Mylar, Up or down on screen degree indicator only goes +/- 25 degrees. After that - no indicator shown. the Shift figures if your off 25 degrees - you don't need an indicator on screen That's correct. The thought was that a shift of 25° would be a deliberate course alteration or such an obvious shift that you wouldn't need any additional indication. Battery/solar charger is a bit on the weak side - takes a good day of charging outside in the sun This is more a function of the battery size than the potency of the solar charging. The Shift battery is 900mAh. On a full charge the Shift battery will power the device for 100 hours or 60 hours with the backlight without an additional charge. The mast bracket (extra $) needs spacers between mast or the bracket doesn't seat and lock the Shift in place The Shift Low-Profile bracket was designed to get the Shift as close to the mast as possible while still being able to operate the locking tab on the cradle. If you need spacers in order for the bracket and cradle to work we should take a look at your set up. Would you mind forwarding a picture or video to support@velocitek.com?
  2. @crashtestdummy, The factory default for the ProStart is degrees true. To get the ProStart to display in degrees magnetic you need to enter your local magnetic declination. Here's how to enter your local magnetic declination: Look up your local magnetic declination here: https://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag-web/#declination If your declination is East, enter a positive declination angle into your ProStart. If your declination is West, enter a negative declination angle into your ProStart. Press and hold RESET on your ProStart for 5 seconds. Enter your local magnetic declination, rounded to the nearest whole number, using the line set buttons on the front of your ProStart. Pin (triangle) is -1 and RC (square) is +1. Press GUN until your ProStart exits the user setup mode (one or two presses) and returns to normal operation. It is also worth noting that the ProStart is strictly GPS based and the ProStart's "GPS heading" is actually Course Over Ground (COG). The difference between COG and heading is that COG is the direction your boat is moving and heading is the direction your boat is pointing.
  3. @Sundreamer, Yes, the ProStart does retain the start line information. However we recommend re-pinging the line each race. There is an error vector that increases over time and fresh pings are more accurate than old ones. Best, Charles Charles Swanson Sales & Support Manager Velocitek Web: www.velocitek.com Toll free USA & Canada: 1-866-498-6737 ex. 103 Worldwide: +1-650-529-4519 ex. 103 Fax: +1-(650)-618-2679
  4. Yes, GPS Action Replay works with SpeedPuck and ProStart files. In fact, GPS Action Replay is bundled in the Velocitek Control Center download. GPS Action Replay works with .GPX files which is one of the three file formats which you can use for data download from your SpeedPuck or ProStart. You can launch GPS Action Replay directly from Velocitek Control Center: Open Velocitek Control Center and connect your ProStart or SpeedPuck Select the desired track and click Download In the File View popup, select Play with GPS Action Replay Or you can download your data as .GPX files and save it for later: Open Velocitek Control Center and connect your ProStart or SpeedPuck Select the desired track and click Download In the File View popup, select Export and select the desired file format from the drop down menu Aside from .GPX the other file formats are .VCC (a Velocitek file format), and .KML (Google Earth). Best, Charles Charles SwansonSales & Support ManagerVelocitekWeb: www.velocitek.comToll free USA & Canada: 1-866-498-6737 ex. 103Worldwide: +1-650-529-4519 ex. 103Fax: +1-(650)-618-2679
  5. I own two Shifts right now for my boats. Can I trade them in for the new style? Hi Will, We'd be happy to offer you a great price on a new Shift or Shifts in exchange for your old ones. Please send an email to charles@velocitek.com and we'll get the exchange process started. Best, Charles Charles Swanson Sales & Support Manager Velocitek Web: www.velocitek.com Toll free USA & Canada: 1-866-498-6737 ex. 103 Worldwide: +1-650-529-4519 ex. 103 Fax: +1-(650)-618-2679
  6. I have a prostart that doesn't always turn on and randomly shuts off. Can I send back to be fixed? @crashtestdummy - I'm sorry to hear about the difficulty you've encountered with your ProStart. Please fill out this form and we'll get the warranty process started: http://tinyurl.com/8xrynh4
  7. @ateam - The new style Shifts start at serial number VS001001. The serial number is located on the back of the compass in the gray trough between the blue Shift logo and the debossed Velocitek logo. You can also determine whether a Shift is the new style by pressing and holding the RESET button for 5 seconds to see if the device enters the damping setup mode.
  8. Unfortunately it is not possible to update older Shifts with the new damping algorithm. Sorry about the lens video, you should be able to see it now.
  9. Here's a video comparison of the Shift's new AR/AG lens vs. the old style lens:
  10. The Shift now comes with an anti-reflective / anti-glare lens and an adjustable smart damping algorithm. The new AR/AG lens makes the Shift easier to read at an angle while still playing well with polarized sunnies. Check out this old vs. new side-by-side comparison: The new smart damping will dampen out oscillatory motion and has three user set levels. Here's how to adjust the damping on your Shift: Hold down the Reset button for 3 seconds Use the +1 button to scroll through the damping levels: d0, d1, d2 Press the Reset button again to select the level you want. d0 is the default level and is good for flat water. d1 and d2 are better in chop. The damping algorithm is automatically suspended when you tack or jibe so, even at d1 or d2, the Shift will instantly lock on to your new heading when you complete the maneuver. This video shows how it works:
  11. Hi All, I can shed some light on a few of the points here... @LarryE - The SpeedPuck is strictly a GPS and it displays Course Over Ground, which is the direction your boat is moving. A magnetic compass like the Shift displays heading, which is the direction your boat is pointing. They are similar, but different measurements. You could use the SpeedPuck for COG but the Shift would be a better fit. @glowmaster - By default the GPSs in the SpeedPuck and ProStart display COG in Degrees True. A compass displays heading in Degrees Magnetic. The difference between Degrees Magnetic and Degrees True should be close to your local magnetic declination or magnetic variation. You can enter your local magnetic declination into your ProStart (http://www.velocitek.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=474&p=1489) or SpeedPuck (http://www.velocitek.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=298&p=1584). When you enter your local magnetic declination use positive numbers for East and use negative numbers for West. You can look up your local declination here: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag-web/#declination @rgeek and Dawg - Regarding the shift tracking on the Shift and legality in some one design classes; our shift tracking requires user action (two button presses) and we include a Legalizer Label in the Shift box. While these may not be perfect solutions, they are two features which allow the user choose not to use shift tracking or inhibit the use of shift tracking. Most other widely available digital compasses have some sort of shift tracking which cannot be disabled. @rgeek, Dawg, and Remodel - The proposed 2015 J/24 class rules do permit GPS and the ProStart would be legal, however I don't believe they have been approved by ISAF. So for the time being, the ProStart and other GPS devices are still illegal for J/24 class racing. Hopefully the new rules or some revision of them will be accepted for 2016. Best, Charles Charles Swanson Sales & Support Manager Velocitek Web: www.velocitek.com Toll free USA & Canada: 1-866-498-6737 ex. 103 Worldwide: +1-650-529-4519 ex. 103 Fax: +1-(650)-618-2679