Yep, we track declination but had it disabled while testing. You'll get the option to turn it on in the next release as well as have the finished start screen. Same with bow offset.Tried it out on a Wednesday night beer can race. It was easy to set the line. Not giving perpendicular compass heading or line headings yet. I'm sure this is because you can't set a gps compass variation to magnetic so the info would be useless until that can be set. No bow offset either.
Everyone seems to have a different taste for dampening, so we're going to offer two options: manual dampening per "channel" or an automagical adaptive dampening that we hope will be the easier option.Easy and intuitive to set and sync the timer. The compass is a bit sensitive and no way to dampen. Same with the speed.
Thank you. We've certainly put a lot of effort into it and wanted to have the best display possible. It's always fun for us to see people's reaction to the display.The display is wonderful. Very easy to see and love the contrasting display backgrounds.
All things slotted for the coming update. Lot to say about all of these features - we'll try to get some info out prior to the release.Looking forward to being able to fiddle with the settings and data pages. Hoping a software update will bring new features like wind direction capture and/or computation, line bias, shift tracking, VMG...
That's a cool idea. How to convey all the information at a start is always a much debated topic @ Vakaros. We're looking forward to having some great options for you to choose from.I think it would be cool to have a flashing background on the timer in the last 10 seconds.
Pretty close to an initial release. It's a pain developing for both platforms. Expect the first version to be pretty limited and new features and abilities introduced incrementally.We'll see what they come up with. I see some FB posts about a phone app to do some of this and possibly control the device. Hopefully not 6 month vaporware. Our season is getting underway and my ProStart officially gave it up just when the Vakaros arrived...Perfect timing. Regatta next weekend.
[Todd] I'm sympathetic to this as a software developer. I'd say the chances of an on-device API are low for a lot of reasons, but we will be providing an API over BLE. I'm curious what people would like to do and how many want to do it.It would be nice if they opened up their API and let us common folks develop apps for their HW.
Thanks Glaze!Got mine!!
Got a text from Todd (Thursday) that they were finishing up my Vakaros and would ship out the next day. It was on my doorstep Tuesday. When I opened the shipping box and saw what was inside, I reflected back to my first IPhone I ever got. The Vakaros was not shoved in a box and shipped out. The carrying case for the Vakaros is nice and compact, holding the unit, charging cord, mast bracket, and mast track attachment. When you pick up the unit, you can tell it is well built and solid. I spend some time that evening getting acquainted to features. The next day, I slap the Vakaros on the dash of my truck and head to work. Top speed of 78 heading in that morning. After work I head to Yacht Club to show it off. Lots of oohhs and ahhs. Saturday rolls around and we have a quick race around our lake and crawfish boil that afternoon. We mount it under our existing race master and it has nice tight look on the mast. We have been racing the Melges 24 for 10 years and have only ever had a compass and timer.
- Visually - Clear and crisp.
- Compass - Fast refresh rate compared to the TackTic Racemaster. The Vakaros would change 2* and racemaster wouldn't move.
- Speed - Seemed to be pretty accurate, but nothing to compare it with. We did win the race. So we were fast.
- Heel and Pitch Angle - I really like this feature. I have always sailed the Melges 24 watching our heal angle and now I can actually see a number. I think the pitch will come in handy downwind.
- Start Ping - Worked really well and easy to use. Our start was a pursuit start so we tested it a few times and appeared to be accurate. Its something we haven't used on this boat so will have to get used to using it.
- Timer - It's a timer, it worked.
Full blown test will be in a week and half at the Melges 24 Nationals.
Overall I love the feel of the unit. It's solid and doesn't feel cheap. Definitely made well and should last a long time. I am not an tech geek, so the current functions meet the need we have for the Melges 24. I would like the ability to have some post race analytics or tracking. I will be interested to see what the app will be able to do. I am pulling for these guys. Taking a risk like this is not easy mentally and physically on anyone.
The vast, vast majority of customer service systems run on a system built, provided, or run by a third party who might actually handle dozens or hundreds of corporate support channels.Just because you can't tell, doesn't mean it ain't real.. How about you set up good customer support and communication technologies so that your startup issues (issues just about every startup has) don't escalate to the point that your customers have to go to a third party community forum for information about your product. Jus sayin...
True and point taken. I'm simply pointing out that a thread like this doesn't make the company look very good. Nothing will drive the consumer away like finding a thread on a forum with nothing but complaints of delayed delivery and unresponsive customer relations. I can only speak for the approach our team takes as a software startup, which is to have our entire team on call in shifts to handle customer support. We also have an arsenal of communication streams between the team and the consumer, all of which are third party services, but none of which are staffed by third party representatives. Communication in our culture, even if it is not the news the customer wants to hear, is the key to keeping everyone waiting in line for our product happy. Seeing communication and customer service issues escalate to the point of being posted about here is definitely concerning to the casual consumer sitting by watching. Now with that being said...The vast, vast majority of customer service systems run on a system built, provided, or run by a third party who might actually handle dozens or hundreds of corporate support channels.Just because you can't tell, doesn't mean it ain't real.
Not that I am an expert but I'll try to respond;Hi All,
I have sent a bunch of emails to the Vakaros guys over 3-6 months, but no reply.... Two questions:
1) How will the unit work regarding heading if it's mounted to a moving base, such as a boom (shown on their website), or on a tacking bracket on a moth. Can the heading be set to run off GPS instead of compass for that situation?
2) Their website says there is a one month approximate lead time, but from what others have shown it seems it will be much longer....is there anyway to estimate how long it will actually be?