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mromberg

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Austin, TX
Some initial thoughts on ours, order #5053, received about 3 weeks ago, ordered at the end of October, 2021:

• Size of the screen is smaller than expected, but the read out is very clear and easy to see from the mast to our cockpit (J/80)
• Pinging the line (sighting down the line from the mast, with the bow offset configured) provides very accurate info (time to line [TTL] and distance to line[DTL]), and the additional line bias/line length data is pretty cool as well
• Having the pitch angle is awesome, just to have some objective measurement is nice
• Waiting on the LED issues to be worked out; as of now using them for shift tracking uses white and blue (not green and red) and the colors are different for each tack (e.g. blue represents a lift on starboard, but a header on port); it's still cool to see a visual cue since the arrows up (lift) or down (header) on the main screen are in fact a bit harder to see from the cockpit
• Using the Auto function on the Angle screen is pretty easy and gives an estimate of the wind direction and tacking angle, and of course determines your VMG for TTL; I've requested Vakaros consider adding a function on that screen (maybe in place of the "Back" button) so we could perform a wind shot (heading into the wind) in order to update the estimated wind direction; this would update the tacking angles and TTL functions automatically without the need to sail upwind again on both tacks to reset those angles
 

Fonx

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Estonia
Just recieved my unit. Connects to calypso fine, but it reads awa in 360 mode. Thats too bad, would like it to be +-180 mode.
 

clarin

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Just recieved my unit. Connects to calypso fine, but it reads awa in 360 mode. Thats too bad, would like it to be +-180 mode.
How do you connect to the calypso?
I have had no luck, it connects with the calypso app but no connection with the Atlas 2, maybe I am missing something?
Thanks
 

Fonx

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Estonia
You need to close calypso app completely and then use Vakaros Connect app, add your Calypso there (same place where you added your A2 to your boat profile) Save changes and it should connect automatically (if Calypso is not already connected to some other device)
 

atnan

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Alameda, CA
I have just been told of my 4th delivery slip and I am fuming.
Order #5102, delivered June 29 - took a lot of pestering support to get it shipped! I got it just before leaving for Hawaii on Pac Cup so I haven't had a chance to race with it yet. Plan to use it for a couple of beer cans this week, then a full race day this coming weekend.
 

atnan

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Alameda, CA
Connects to calypso fine, but it reads awa in 360 mode. Thats too bad, would like it to be +-180 mode.
100%, I would think most people will want AWA as +/- 180°. I sent the concept below to Vakaros...if you haven't already you should reach out too so they hear feedback from multiple customers.

Vakaros Atlas 2 AWA 180° readout setting.png
 

Treads

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I guess everyone has gotten their instrument. Looking to upgrade from the Race Geek (which i really did like).
Would love to see an honest review now you have had to chance to put it through its paces. What works? what doesnt?

Thanks in advance

Neil
 

ScowLover

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Wisconsin
I have been using an Atlas 2 for most of this summer season on an A Scow, C scow, and Melges 24. My take as it stands today:
1. Dramatically better than Atlas 1
2. The things that are included today work exceptionally well.
3. Before yesterday's race, I configured LEDs for lift/header and time to line. This was far more helpful than I expected.
4. Time to line works great in steady breeze. If there's a tick up or down in pressure, it gets a bit unreliable, but that's the nature of the stored boat speed. I thought I was good at starting, but I was lights out awesome with that feature enabled. In 4 starts, I won all 4 without being OCS.

I'm really looking forward to the future.
 

bterrien

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Quick follow up on the Atlas 2 / Vakaros: I updated the device with the most recent software and noticed that one of the features (backlight) wasn't an option in the App. I emailed asking for help and after a couple back and forths, the issue was resolved within a couple hours. The problem was something to do with my account settings on their end. Glad to see Vakaros improving their customer service experience. The device itself has so far worked flawlessly for me.
 
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