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Old 10-20-2010, 08:51 PM   #1
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Thinking of purchasing a tide clock for my husband as a birthday gift.* Any recommendatons of tide clocks that work on the west coast?* Many I've found on the web are designated specifically for the Atlantic.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:57 AM   #2
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Rely on a tide clock at your own peril!
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:03 AM   #3
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RE: Tide Clocks

Nothing wrong with them as long as calibrated for your part of the world, and you take the reading as a guide only, checking it against local tide tables and adjusting accordingly frequently. I really missed mine which had the movement die, and only recently my watch-repairer managed to get a new replacement movement. I was glad to see it back. Nice and shiny brass case, etc - looks good up on the saloon wall.
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RE: Tide Clocks

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Use the tide clock as a guide only. its a nice gift though.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:43 AM   #5
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Tide clocks look nice. The built in tide and current tables on your chart plotter work a lot better.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:49 AM   #6
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They don't make a clock that will track west coast tides.
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:18 AM   #7
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Ed wrote:They don't make a clock that will track west coast tides.
That's my understanding. I tried to buy one years ago and failed.

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Couldn't agree more!

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Old 10-21-2010, 11:32 AM   #9
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Well thank you all very much. Guess I'll need to scratch this one off the list. Appreciate everyone's responses.
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rwidman wrote:" The built in tide and current tables on your chart plotter work a lot better."
Couldn't agree more!

Walt, I was not aware the chartplotter had current tide predictions on it.* How is that achieved.* Does it have an invisible internal time and date counter that picks this info up on a real time basis via satelite, or is it programmed in at the time the chart chip is recorded.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:14 AM   #11
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I believe it's programmed in (Tables) but in my case, at least, it's been quite accurate for the last 5 years. (As long as I have* owned this boat) With one push of a button, I get the wave line, indicating whether the water is getting deeper or shallower (tide in or out) and a vertical line , indicating the actual time of day. Also "High" and "Low" tides and their times are indicated as well as the tide levels in "feet.") At the south end of San Diego Bay the water can get quite shallow at low tide. While running to a resort for breakfast, the shortest rout is over the skinniest water. A glance at my tide chart tells me whether or not to take the longer route. (The channel) Since the chart info is WGS 84, (26 years old) I use the tide chart quite a bit.

The "asterisk" button (bottom right) is all I need to push to get this information. Many of the plotters have this function.
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Old 10-22-2010, 02:34 PM   #12
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Follow up to Peter's question:

#1* Pick a Chart Region (Any where from northern Alaska to the tip of Mexico)
#2* Set the tide station closest to your desired route
#3* South San Diego Bay (Note deep channel on right and shallow water on left
(some 3 foot deep areas)
#4 Check the tide chart to see if water is deep enough for your particular draught

In this case I want to take a route that may run directly over the 3' sounding. Since the chart data is 26 years old, as are the paper charts, (WGS 84) With a draught of 3'8" +
2.8' of tide, I can clear the high spot.

Now, I know everyone knows this but all I'm trying to point out is, that with the newer chart plotters, you don't need a "tide watch." My plotter is about 6 years old.


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Thanks for that Walt. I have a Lowrance which uses Navionics cards rather than C-Maps, and I never discovered this tide info on it before. Now I'll have to go and check. Ah well, another excuse to duck down to the boat, I guess. Waiting now for ins co assessment so I can get the shredded bimini replaced. Meantime in the avatar she is sporting her new livery (paint job, that is).
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Okay, decided against the tide clock based on all the great advice from our west coast folks. Ended up getting a 19" HDTV/DVD combo for his birthday. At this point, we'll only be watching this tv at dockside, given that, whats everyone's opinion on an antenna? Can I get by with an indoor type or will have to get something I can mount on the dockside piling that we plug into and easily disconnect when we go out? One of the sailboat folks nearby is having trouble with his indoor antenna, told me when the boat moves, it causes the picture on the tv to come and go. Anyone have any experience with this. Thanks in advance for all your help and advice.
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** WOW...19' HDTV/DVD...will you marry me????** hahahaha, don't blame ya.
** I have an older model of this:
******* http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=10281
** I get some stations with it and different ones without.** Doesn't seem to matter either way if the boat moves.
** You might, just for the heck of it, get a really cheap pair of rabbit ears and try them both inside and outside (by extending the wires).
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Rocky wrote:"At this point, we'll only be watching this tv at dockside, "
Why? For about $79 you can buy a very thin DVD player and watch movies
underway.


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Seahorse, the new HDTV I just purchased has a built in DVD player already in it, and yes we would definitely watch movies when away from the dock. I'm referring to receiving television channels while at dockside. I miss having the news.

RT....thats a pretty pricey antenna!! Is yours mounted inside or out? I think I'll go with your suggestion and try the cheapo rabbit ears first; I saw a set at BestBuy for $14.99, not a huge investment if they prove not to work.
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Sorry about that Rocky....you did mention buying an HDTV/DVD.

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Hiya Rocky,
** I agree way too pricey for the "performance"*or lack thereof but, I got it for next to nothing and that's about what it's worth, sometimes.**Fiddle around with the RA's and then, grab a beverage and watch the sun go down.* A good book is very underated.
* Mounted outside 15' above water on a dedicated mast.**

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My wife bought a Phillips antenna at Walmart for about 60 bucks then a converter box from Radio Shack when they were both hooked up to the tv we got very good reception, at the dock or out on the water at anchor. I don't recall the model numbers, the Phillips is made to be mounted outdoors on a pole I usually clamp it to a boathook and prop it up on the flying bridge and run the cable down to the TV.
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