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    If you're a sailor like I am and your inlet was closed by the Coast Guard
    30 years ago, knowing the tide level is critical. My inlet (Hereford Inlet)
    is not marked and it takes local knowledge to come in and go out.

    At least twice a year we'll have a blowout tide and the entire inlet is high
    and dry. You can actually walk across it from Stone Harbor to North

    My new G Shock Analog Frogmen have a really cool tide indicator. Once
    you set your city location it automatically configures the tide levels. Since
    I used NYC as my home city I wasn't sure how accurate it would be.

    Well, you can see from the two pictures that it's 100% accurate. The small
    dial at 3 O'clock indicates the tide level. You'll notice the yellow hand is
    pegged dead in the middle which is high tide.

    I used the corresponding Tide Chart from Townsend's Inlet which is 7 miles
    north of Hereford Inlet to show how close the watch reading is.


    The watch is almost dead on with the chart. I didn't buy it for this reason but its a nice surprise.
    It shows High Tide @ 3:29.

    My boat draws 5' of water and the inlet has between 8-10ft. of water in the middle of the channel
    at high tide. When it's blowing hard and you have a following sea coming back in, you need to surf the
    waves to keep from hitting bottom.

    It gives peeing down your leg an entirely new meaning.

    Coastal blue water sailing has been one of the most challenging things I've ever done. It's really good
    to know how much water you have below you. Running aground at the mouth of an inlet is not a good

    Great weekends.

    "So Many Watches / So Little Time"

  • #2

    They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time, it works every time.


    • #3
      Yes, thanks.
      "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


      • #4
        Wow, very cool - such good technology in a watch.


        • #5
          That is cool. Most of us are old enough to have lived through study of historic charts and maps and learned that eyeballing and reasoning are important... and also more than occasionally wrong. Increasing your margin for error on something so small as a module of a wristwatch tells you how far technology has come in a relatively short time. So long as you sail, that looks like a keeper.


          • #6
            Thanks Mike.
            "So Many Watches / So Little Time"


            • #7
              Yes, going out or coming back within one hour—before or after high tide
              —is critical for me.

              "So Many Watches / So Little Time"