Garmin quatix post “recall” follow up [update 2]

As you might remember – Garmin issued a recall for Garmin quatix watches during the

Garmin quatix the watch
Garmin quatix the watch

summer of 2013.

Well – FINALLY I got a “new” quatix – about 2 weeks ago. The new quatix watch works almost like the old one. But so far I have not burned my wrist 🙂 as the old one could.

But it seems like they have changed the GPS software – now the GPS has a heck of a lot of dampening – so GPS speed indication can take 30-60 seconds to show the speed you are really doing. That is COMPLETELY useless.

Sailing in a dinghy you need fast feedback on how fast you are going. You don’t have time to wait a minute or two before you are certain what your speed is. I rather have a battery life of 4 hours than any kind of speed dampening. I have looked through the manual and cannot find anywhere to disable speed dampening – so I guess that is a “factory feature”

Anyway – I still think the watch is mostly useless due to the small screen. Racing with it on in my dinghy is close to impossible. The numbers are too small – and you need too many button presses to make it useful. When you are busy handling multiple sails while steering – sailing single handed – there are no free hands to press a lot of buttons multiple times to get to the menu you need – or the display you need for that part.

So if you sail dinghy – you are better off using a dedicated sailing computer like Velocitek or the likes where the display is huge and crisp – and GPS speed is close to instant. But on a bigger cruiser / sail boat – results might be better. I might get a “NMEA 2000 -> ANT +” interface for it and try it out on my big boat at some point. But I’m not really “burning” to try it.

But on my wishlist would be a wireless ultrasonic solar powered Wind-dicator 🙂 that could talk to the sailing computer – and survive the dinghy being upside down from time to time. That would be neat!

So something like LCJ Capteurs CV7SF but with Bluetooth LE AND ANT+ interface. ANT+ alone would not cut it for me as it is to proprietary and owned by Garmin.

Garmin quatix Recall [Update 1]

Updated: As you can read below – Garmin has issued a recall on the quatix watch. But after speaking with a few International dealers – the situation seems unclear. There is no current replacement watch available – and the International dealers have issues shipping the watches back to Garmin with “defective” batteries.

But no current replacement watch is even worse – that means you can send in your watch now – and then wait until Garmin makes a new watch available. That does not sound good at all. Who knows how long it will be, before a new watch can be shipped.

So the International dealers are waiting for Garmin to update them on how to handle the situation – by letting clients wait for replacement watches before “activating” the recall – or just issue full refunds.

We will keep you posted as we hear more.

[original posting]

Garmin have identified a potential safety issue involving the quatix watch.

Given our longstanding commitment to safety and customer satisfaction, we are voluntarily recalling all quatix watches. The issue involves the battery being too close to the watch housing in some watches, which, when combined with salt water or heavy perspiration, can cause a small burn on the skin under the watch. We have received 1 report of this occurring.

The following serial number ranges are subject to this recall and should be returned for a free replacement. You can find the serial number on the rear casing of the watch.

337000001 through 337009999

37R000001 through 37R009999

You will need a return merchandise authorization (RMA) for a free replacement watch. Please send an email to quatix.recall@garmin.com and include the following information:

Name

Shipping address

Primary phone number

Serial number

Email address

For more information : Garmin quatix Recall

New Garmin BlueChart Mobile v1.3 app with quatix and GPSMAP 8000 series support

Garmin has just (finally) released a new version of the iDevice (iPad/iPhone) BlueChart Mobile. The new version is 1.3

The new stuff:

Garmin quatix watch support – you can transfer routes, waypoints and tracks – including the virtual staring line for the quatix watch. Garmin – better late than never….. but that was about time. Now lets see if Garmin Connect support is coming any time soon…..

GPSMAP 8000 series support –

New grouping function – create lists where you can group routes, waypoints, catches and tracks making it easier to organise your data

And finally new vessel icons – to match your ride

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