TESTED NEW ELEC­TRON­ICS

Power & Motor Yacht - - TESTED NEW ELECTRONICS -

when strolling the dimly lit, wind­ing streets of some un­fa­mil­iar port, try­ing to find the dinghy dock af­ter din­ner.

The watch also has an an­chor alarm with a pro­gram­mable drift ra­dius—a ter­rific backup fea­ture. When I tested it, the watch sig­naled when we were leav­ing the safe zone I had set by chirp­ing softly and vi­brat­ing on my wrist. I thought to my­self that it should prob­a­bly have a louder alarm, but af­ter I thought about it, I re­al­ized the vi­bra­tion would wake me, and the sound-and-vi­bra­tion combo on a unit strapped to your arm is akin to a horn ac­com­pa­nied by flash­ing red lights on a helm dis­play or even a smart­phone. Score one for the wear­able: Not ev­ery­one has to be awak­ened. Oh, and if you hap­pen to leave the watch on your night­stand, the vi­bra­tion is ur­gent enough to get your at­ten­tion. Trust me. I would be cu­ri­ous to test it from the amid­ships mas­ter state­room deep in­side a steel­hulled su­peryacht. You know, for sci­ence.

The smart­watch has a sail­ing race timer for those who en­joy re­gat­tas, and a fish counter for an­glers who are so suc­cess­ful they lose count of the num­ber of fish they catch, and it even notes where and when you caught them. One prob­lem I had with these fea­tures, par­tic­u­larly the fish counter, was that I couldn’t fig­ure out how to turn them off. For con­trols, the Qu­atix has five but­tons ar­rayed around the case, and it’s fairly in­tu­itive. But in­ter­est­ingly for touch­screen-happy Garmin, where user-in­ter­face is king, there are some blips. As on the

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