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Old 18 August 2009, 03:43   #1
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Need advice, my yamaha speed guage shows a few knots less than showing on my Garmin GPS, anyone have an idea what the difference could be due to ?
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Old 18 August 2009, 03:49   #2
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If it the error is really only a few knots ie ~10% of the reading then it could be down to normal gauge inaccuracies?
car speedometers are terible for this. My vectra speedo said 140mph when I blasted down the runway but the peak speed on the gps was 125mph
it wasnt too far out at normal speeds but still around 5mph fast at 70mph.
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your gauges are also measuring different thing. the yam gauge is measuring speed through the water (probably as estimated from the vacuum generated by dragging a tube through the water) and the gps is measuring speed over ground. So even if both devices were 100% accurate, tide/current will give rise to a variation.
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Thanks that makes sense, probably why the Yamaha speedo was originally showing MPH and the GPS Knots, I expect the previous owner relied on the GPS for speed and maybe the speedo just as an indication in miles an hour, It certainly feels like the GPS speed is more accurate than the yamaha guage.
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Your clock is reading speed through the water, GPS is speed over land.
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your gauges are also measuring different thing. the yam gauge is measuring speed through the water (probably as estimated from the vacuum generated by dragging a tube through the water) and the gps is measuring speed over ground. So even if both devices were 100% accurate, tide/current will give rise to a variation.
I should read the whole thread before replying
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Thanks, if my speedo is reading speed through water and gps is reading speed over ground, which one would I use for refference to ensure I keep under the poole harbour speed limits ? excuse my ignornace as im new to powerboating .. comments please
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Thanks, if my speedo is reading speed through water and gps is reading speed over ground, which one would I use for refference to ensure I keep under the poole harbour speed limits ? excuse my ignornace as im new to powerboating .. comments please
Your GPS. The pitot tube will give a slight reading if tied up on a mooring with the tide running under the boat.
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