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NMEA2000 Bus Details

NMEA2000 Bus Details

NMEA2000 is a marine version of the CAN bus developed by Bosch in 1983 for autos. It has a bus structure that lets several devices to connect to a single cable, allowing all to listen and talk to each other. Power is also distributed over the bus

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Ockam Bus Driver

Drive Ockam displays with the Ockam Bus Driver. The Ockam Bus Driver is in development and will be ready by the spring.  

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Ockam U Excerpt

Ockam U Excerpt

What follows is a condensed excerpt from the Ockam U manual covering true wind, polars and the Wally. True Wind and Wind Direction True wind is the wind that passes over a boat as if it were not moving. When the boat moves, the wind you feel

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OckamSoft 5 Videos

OckamSoft 5 Videos

OckamSoft 5 training videos Demos LogScanner RaceCam LogScanner is a post-race analysis tool that works with almost any instrument system. An important feature is its ability to synchronize videos with the log, letting you find out more about what caused any mistakes you find. Learn more… The

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Expedition tips and tricks

Expedition tips and tricks

This page discusses Expedition tips and tricks, or how to use some of the features of Expedition to interact with and receive enhanced data the Ockam system. Nick White has been involved in weather routing, yacht instrumentation and software since the 1993/4 Whitbread race, and began Explorer/Expedition

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How to set up Expedition

How to set up Expedition

In many cases Expedition requires separate feeds for instrument and GPS data because the instruments do not provide position. In the case of Ockam, both instrument and position are available on a single feed, simplifying the hookup. Connecting Expedition by serial port Most systems only have serial

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How to Shoot the Finish

How to Shoot the Finish

Shooting the finish gains you 3 boatlengths When you shoot the finish, you turning all your boatspeed into Vmg, thus crossing sooner than you otherwise would. This is not trivial; it can gain you about 3 boatlengths on the other guy. With a little practice, you can

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Ockam U

Ockam U

Ockam U Ockam U is a seminar series that explains how to use any true-wind instruments to win races. Some of the principles can also be applied to any kind of sailing, including dinghys. The course will teach you how to: Use your senses better to steer

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Tack Tracker

Tack Tracker

Tack Tracker records and reports your tack score The OS5 driver includes Tack Tracker which automatically save tacks as they are performed. These tacks can be used to improve your calibrations and tacking skills. See Tack Score. Controls The Length (min) control sets the minimum time a

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How to calculate seconds per mile

How to calculate seconds per mile

The rating equivalency of a speed difference In sailboat racing rating is given in seconds per mile. When deciding how much difference in rating a speed advantage is, it is convenient to be able to convert between a speed difference and a rating difference. This gives a

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