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  1. velocitek

    Thoughts on Novasail VS Prostart

    Yes, you're pretty much on with your ProStart summary. It is a starting aid for managing time and distance at the start. In race mode it displays Course Over Ground and Speed Over Ground. The ProStart is also a GPS data logger with a few file formats available the data is compatible with a few GPS replay applications like ChartedSails, SailNjord, and GPS Action Replay.
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    Velocitek SpeedPuck -- Battery life?

    The capacity of an alkaline AA battery is about 1600 mAH. The SpeedPuck consumes about 0.5 mA when it is powered off. The SpeedPuck consumes about 115 mA when it is powered on. A SpeedPuck will completely drain a set of AA batteries in about 4 months when powered off.
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    Velocitek SpeedPuck -- Battery life?

    @martin.langhoff, the SpeedPuck does have a small draw on the batteries even when the device is powered off. We recommend removing the batteries between uses if you're not sailing the following day. If you really want to pamper your SpeedPuck store it indoors, batteries out, and the battery compartment open.
  4. velocitek

    prism

    Yes, April 14, 2018 was our targeted ship date for the first wave of Prisms. And yes, we missed April 14, 2018. But not by 6 months. The first wave of Prisms shipped May 18, 2018, 5 weeks after our targeted ship date. The 5 week delay was a manufacturing delay and which we have worked through. Prisms are now in stock and ship to customers daily!
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    prism

    We are not, and have never been, 14 months behind on Prisms. Yes, we were a little late (a couple months) with some of the early pre-orders. And we advertised pre-orders as such. Yes, we continued to accept orders while there was a backlog of pre-orders pending fulfilllment. When we accepted these orders we were careful to advertise the product as back ordered. Also, the Prism was announced 12.5 months ago and it's really hard to be 14 months behind stated availability when you're only 12.5 months from the release date. We've worked through some manufacturing delays, we're through the backlog and Prisms are in stock and shipping daily!
  6. velocitek

    prism

    @Moonduster, yes we were a little behind. The good news is that we are through the back log from the release and Prism is in stock and ready to ship!
  7. velocitek

    Thoughts on Novasail VS Prostart

    @Retired BN, the ProStart also shows lift and knock graphically. The ProStart has a bar graph around the perimeter of the display and each segment of the graph represents 2.5°. Here is a detailed description of how the ProStart's bar graph works: Locking On to a Reference Heading - The device constantly tracks a 20 second moving average of your Course Over Ground and compares this to your current course. - When your current heading is within 10 degrees of the 20 second average for 10 consecutive seconds, the device locks on to your current course and uses this as the reference course. Showing Deviations from the Reference Heading - The bar graph shows deviations between your current course and the reference course in 2.5 degree increments. Tacking and Jibing - When your current course becomes more than 45 degrees above or below the reference heading, the reference course is reset and the device attempts to lock on to a new reference course.
  8. velocitek

    prism

    @Flags Yes, it's a manufacturer delay. Unfortunately we're a little behind schedule with Prism production. The good news is that we are in production now and Prisms will begin shipping next week.
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    prism

    @claykarmel The Prism is fully tilt-compensated. It will have the same accuracy whether or not it is mounted vertically. "Holds device vertically for more accurate measurement" is a misleading statement; we crossed our wires internally in the rush to get the new stuff on our website. We have corrected the error in the bracket description on our website. Sorry for the confusion. The Deck Bracket comes with 4 adhesive-backed Dual Lock rectangles that can be used to mount it to the deck without drilling holes. Another option for using the Velocitek Deck Bracket without drilling holes is to use it with the Laser Spider Deck Bracket from West Coast Sailing (see https://www.westcoastsailing.net/default/laser-spider-deck-bracket.html). The hole pattern on the base of the Velocitek Deck Bracket matches the hole pattern on the Spider Bracket. We'll post photos soon.
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    prism

    That's pretty much spot on with the input we received from the pros and Olympians we interviewed in developing the Prism. They wear watches or mount one on the mast or boom Having to switch from timer to compass and back to timer in prestart to take a wind shot is really inconvenient on a boat with 1-3 crew
  11. velocitek

    prism

    Resolution is 1 degree. Default damping is less than the Tacktick Micro but this can be adjusted if you need something different. The finished product will be a little bit better than this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/x6jja1etl7eili9/VID_20171212_225704.mp4?dl=0 We left the timer off, to simplify the device and because having a separate timer like the Ronstan Clearstart (which you can still mast mount) allows you to see your heading during the start sequence.
  12. velocitek

    prism

    It calculates heading in a different way than the Shift (which uses a standard 9-axis sensor fusion algorithm). We're looking into applying for a patent on how the Prism calculates heading, so it's not something I can discuss at the moment but the end result is a tilt-compensated heading in degrees magnetic that gets updated every 250 milliseconds.
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    prism

    The pros and Olympians we interviewed in the early stages of developing the Prism were unanimous in asking for an accurate, tilt compensated, heading readout between 0 and 359 degrees, so that's the direction we went with this product. We found that making decisions based on observations of this single three digit number is a specific skill (almost like muscle memory) that elite dinghy sailors develop through years of practice. They are generally not keen to learn a new system. Keeping the feature list as short as possible is also something that we have done with all our products. Our goal is to make the instrument an island sanctuary of simplicity in the sea of chaos that is sailboat racing; we want it to be one thing you can always count on being able to understand and control. That's not to say that there isn't good value in other approaches. Different strokes for different folks.
  14. velocitek

    prism

    Nope. Here's the full user manual: Press the button to turn it on. Go sailing. Press and hold the button to turn it off. If you forget step 2, it will turn off automatically after sitting still on dry land for 1 minute.
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    prism

    @claykarmel The Prism is absolutely viable for Lasers! As you suggested the Prism will most likely be mounted to a bracket between the mast and control line cleats. Here are two good mounting options: https://www.velocitek.com/collections/accessories/products/deck-bracket http://carbonpartsgermany.de/products/carbonparts-ec-mount/