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Garmin ViviactiveHR for recreational speed sailing

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Created by philn > 9 months ago, 25 Jun 2016
vosadrian
NSW, 183 posts
4 Dec 2017 2:16PM
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Hi All,

I am considering getting the new Garmin Vivoactive 3 as a smart watch for normal use (I am after a smart watch that can do some workout recording but is light and has good battery life), and I am wondering if anyone knows how it would go for Windsurfing use? Can it be configured with the windsurfing app and record data at an appropriate rate?

powersloshin
NSW, 851 posts
6 Dec 2017 6:58AM
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vosadrian said..
Hi All,

I am considering getting the new Garmin Vivoactive 3 as a smart watch for normal use (I am after a smart watch that can do some workout recording but is light and has good battery life), and I am wondering if anyone knows how it would go for Windsurfing use? Can it be configured with the windsurfing app and record data at an appropriate rate?


Hi Adrian,
found this old post: www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/Gps/Setting-up-Garmin-vivoactive-HR?page=1
I don't know the watch, but only very few devices are accepted for posting to gpsteamchallenge. It has to be approved by the committee.

vosadrian
NSW, 183 posts
7 Dec 2017 10:34AM
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powersloshin said..

vosadrian said..
Hi All,

I am considering getting the new Garmin Vivoactive 3 as a smart watch for normal use (I am after a smart watch that can do some workout recording but is light and has good battery life), and I am wondering if anyone knows how it would go for Windsurfing use? Can it be configured with the windsurfing app and record data at an appropriate rate?



Hi Adrian,
found this old post: www.seabreeze.com.au/forums/Windsurfing/Gps/Setting-up-Garmin-vivoactive-HR?page=1
I don't know the watch, but only very few devices are accepted for posting to gpsteamchallenge. It has to be approved by the committee.


Thanks George,

I am not concerned whether this is a GPSTC ratified device. I am not setting any records. I am using an old Garmin Geko at the moment and it has done me fine, but hard to read when sailing. I think it may be accepted (even though it has no Doppler or error recording), but it would be hard to believe it is more accurate than a new product with higher sample rate.

Hopefully the new released Vivoactive 3 is compatible with the Windsurf ConnectiQ apps/widgets.

Cheers,

Adrian

sailquik
VIC, 3572 posts
Friday , 8 Dec 2017 9:44AM
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You look OK at the moment Adrian.

Approved GPS devices for posting on GPS-TC:
The current policy of GPS-TC is that GT-31, GW-52 or GW-60 must be used for posting Doppler based data (D) by individuals vying for the top positions, and by team members contributing to monthly team ranking scores (commonly called "Jellybeans") The GW-52 and GW-60 should be set for 5hz logging. GPS-TC also allows the legacy pre GT-31 GPS (mainly Garmin) that only produced speed results from positional data (T), but only for those sailors not in the category mentioned above.

jamesf
NSW, 830 posts
Friday , 8 Dec 2017 11:30AM
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Hi Adrian, the datafield I use for on-water feedback on my Vivoactive HR is "Wind/Kite Surfing Datafield" by user FIN151. It works well and is usually close 2s peak to my GT31.

apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/b820a772-e335-406a-85b7-2ac6a0e5b61a

The Vivoactive 3 doesnt appear on the "supported devices" list yet but thats probably because the developer hasnt had time to test it yet.

vosadrian
NSW, 183 posts
Monday , 11 Dec 2017 12:45PM
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sailquik said..
You look OK at the moment Adrian.

Approved GPS devices for posting on GPS-TC:
The current policy of GPS-TC is that GT-31, GW-52 or GW-60 must be used for posting Doppler based data (D) by individuals vying for the top positions, and by team members contributing to monthly team ranking scores (commonly called "Jellybeans") The GW-52 and GW-60 should be set for 5hz logging. GPS-TC also allows the legacy pre GT-31 GPS (mainly Garmin) that only produced speed results from positional data (T), but only for those sailors not in the category mentioned above.



I've actually contributed to quite a few jellybeans in the past using the Geko, so it seems I have been cheating!! I am not doing much sailing at the moment, so it does not make much difference. To that end, I don't plan to buy a device just for sailing because I would not get much use out of it. I do want a vivoactive 3 for other purposes, and it occurred to me that it may be a convenient option to use for sailing as I could read it much more easily than my geko while sailing.

Thanks for the info James!

timford
NSW, 507 posts
Tuesday , 12 Dec 2017 7:03AM
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jamesf said..
Hi Adrian, the datafield I use for on-water feedback on my Vivoactive HR is "Wind/Kite Surfing Datafield" by user FIN151. It works well and is usually close 2s peak to my GT31.

apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/b820a772-e335-406a-85b7-2ac6a0e5b61a

The Vivoactive 3 doesnt appear on the "supported devices" list yet but thats probably because the developer hasnt had time to test it yet.


James - I think you may have a 'job' in the new year looking at all this info.
Currently have a Vivo active and looking to upgrade so this feed has been interesting if not a bit beyond my level of understanding.



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