Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Show Me the Wind

First purchase for the upcoming season will be a racing compass. So far the Taktick compass is the front runner. This is a mast mounted compass that will allow me to see data on the helm without having to rely on only the tactitian or trimmer to relay the data, letting the crew concentrate on the tasks at hand.

This particular compass seems to check out on the J24 class requirements so far. I will have to do some more investigating to be sure.

Technical plus factors for this compass are:

  • wireless

  • start timer

  • tracks wind shifts

  • large display

  • computes line bias

  • shock resistant

  • waterproof

The next step is to check to see if the compass transducer fits the current through hull fitting, if not assess what work will be required to make it fit. Also will check out some forums to see if I can find out what the top guys are using.

Will be searching for a spinnaker next. Any thoughts on the compass good or bad please send me feedback.


Anonymous dan said...


I think you're a bit confused. I believe the MicroCompass is not wireless... it is self-contained. As far as I can recall, the fluxgate compass is contained within the unit.

Other TackTick gear, the MicroNet series more specifically, is wireless in that the instrument displays receive their information wirelessly, but the speed, depth and compass transducers/modules are still wired. They connect to the hull transmitter and the hull transmitter forwards the information to the various displays. The wind transducer is solar-powered and wireless, and broadcasts its information to the displays separately.

I actually researched the TackTick gear for use on my new trimaran, but am going with the Raymarine ST60 gear instead. From what I have discovered, the TackTick gear tends to only last about three years, and the MicroNet gear isn't really repairable. Their sealed construction makes repairs very difficult, and the batteries, which aren't replaceable, on them seem to go after about three years. This may not be an issue for you.

If you have any questions, I can be reached via my website: www.dankim.com.


6:31 AM  
Blogger the skip said...

Dan, thanks for the response. You are correct in saying "the instrument displays receive their information wirelessly, but the speed, depth and compass transducers/modules are still wired". I have done a quick check on the Raymarine ST60 and will review it further to compare against the taktick and another that I have been researching the KVH sailcomp.

The Raymarine does not look like it can be mast mounted which is a huge plus for the J24. Thanks again for the comments appreciate the feedback.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Tillerman said...

I just wish we could use digital compasses on the little boats I sail but the classes are always against it.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Skip -

The only downside I've heard about the TackTick is a) short battery life, and b) bad customer support policy. The basic rub seems to be that the "rechargable" battery goes bad within a couple of years, and isn't a "servicable" part.

Tacktick will gladly do an exchange of the old one for a new one for $400 or so. If you open the case you void the warranty (of course what good is a warranty on a POS with a dead battery)

Search for tacktick on the SA forum boards before you buy.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya the customer support sucks!

My battery has packed it in. Basically I've been told to purchase a new Micro. I don't expect to get it for free but they didn't even offer to help in any way. The micro is a great little compass but if it stops working tacktick expects you you just throw it away they have no intention of helping you out.

9:30 PM  

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