That’s all well and good, but asking for an idea of when wind speed will be added (a feature they did imply could/would be added) isn’t inappropriate. Sailmon max has it… which is the closest competitor.Ok, so I bought the new one and stumbled on to this forum. Everyone, calm down. It is appropriately said that if you want to make a small fortune in the marine hardware business, start with a large one. I say hats off to anyone who is actually doing it. It is incredibly difficult, period. Clearly, Vakaros is a small company (as shown by the fact that they actually respond to some of these comments, however rude, in real time) and they have managed to put out not one, but two versions of a pretty cool product. Does it do everything everybody wants? No. Should they try to do so? No. I might also remind everyone that an H5000 Performance CPU unit - alone, is $5k, plus Masthead unit $1500-$4k, plus screens $1500-$4k a pop, plus Speedo -$1k, plus network and so on. This unit is $1k. IT will NOT substitute or compete with the above, nor should it. In my view, KISS. Make sure it does what it does - all the time and is something you can count on. Trying to be all things to all people spells doom. Under promise, over deliver and hope you found a niche that is sufficiently large that selling to it pays the rent. May the wind always be at your back. Just sayin.
that being said, I genuinely like vakaros’s product and after waiting in the wings over the last year I want to see them succeed as they’ve finally started to more vigorously (and transparently) deliver the updates they initially promised.
nmea and wind sensors are important. Full stop.
Other features I want which are extremely positive (game changers) are well… not as important.
here are two features that for me would be radically amazing and might allow me to get this instrument onto the various teams I’m on, but which I 100% understand vakaros has no reason to prioritize.
1: allow any Bluetooth remote to connect to the device, that way I can hit play pause for the gun, and use the skip buttons to page through the instrument data from anywhere in the boat.
2: Apple/smart Watch connectivity, that way a tactician can hike out hard in a manner where they can’t see the instrument - but can see the various data pages from the rail.
there’s nothing wrong with asking for features - or respectfully suggesting them in a product you like. Vakaros needs positive (and negative) constructive feedback to help them out compete their competitors before they catch up.