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    Posted: 21 Jan 22 at 9:41pm
Well I was shocked when I looked at getting another one now both kids are using compasses in 29ers. Price had probably tripled since I bought my first before Raymarine took over the product. Still showing 180 hours after probably 17 years!

But I got one on Black Friday for 200 - that felt reasonable!
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LOL LOL LOL A satnav would last 30 secs on a dinghy... if that! Economies of scale satnavs probably sell hundreds of thousands a year. Micro Compasses probably Thousands. 


I still stand by my comment of being reasonable. A 10 year old sanav would be useless now. There is nothing else I would use on a boat for 10 years. Sails 600 min -1 year, 2 if looked after well for championships. Wetsuits 150 - 2, maybe 3 years. Ropes - cheap but 2/3 years.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Paramedic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Jan 22 at 12:17pm
Originally posted by Fatboi



I think the Micro Compass is a great product and reasonably priced. 

Its not even half a satnav.

I can buy a satnav for 50.
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Originally posted by eric_c

Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

Raymarine went above and beyond to solve problem I had with my Tacktick.  Thumbs Up


Having gone above and beyond to charge you 300-odd for a product with a problem in the first place?

Someone is salty!! 

I think the Micro Compass is a great product and reasonably priced. Mine is the old white one, so 10+ years old and still works...! How many other boat products have I got that old that I would still use... NONE.

Could pay even more for a Velocotek with less functionality! 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 22 at 6:00pm
Not really, I bought mine used for well under half that... And I don't think damage sustained falling off a car at 40mph could possibly be consider a manufacturing defect  Cry



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Originally posted by Sam.Spoons

Raymarine went above and beyond to solve problem I had with my Tacktick.  Thumbs Up


Having gone above and beyond to charge you 300-odd for a product with a problem in the first place?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sam.Spoons Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 22 at 11:35pm
Raymarine went above and beyond to solve problem I had with my Tacktick.  Thumbs Up

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Post Options Post Options   Quote eric_c Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 22 at 8:50pm
I don't have access to the internals of my TackTick any more, since it's gone AWOL somewhere in the English Channel.
But, as far as I can tell from what other people are saying, you're looking for a nominal 3V Lithium-Manganese Dioxide cell.
There are some of these on ebay UK e.g.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192542818586?epid=1905713369&hash=item2cd472411a:g:zHQAAOSw~zdgYX~2
but these are smaller cells, lower capacity. Which may matter if you want your tacktick to have the claimed 180 hours of battery life in the dark. For those of us who sail dinghies in daylight, we probably only need a small battery capacity for when we are in the shade?


AIUI, Lithium Manganese is kind of old tech, let's face it, the TackTick was designed about the time of the Alto? But these cells are still in use in things like BMW car keys.

Personally I am mildly grumpy about the tacktick not having a proper safety leash kind of thing and for personal reasons I loath the concept of giving actual money to Raymarine, so, I am looking at an Arduino homemade replacement. Processor 5, Compass IC 6, couple of LCD's 8, small solar cell, 3D printed case and a tube of gorilla snot, parts bill of 40 tops? OTOH my former employers could flog that kind of thing to the MOD for about the price of a Merlin Rocket.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2547 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Jan 22 at 4:15pm
If anyone ever works out which battery is actually needed and where to buy them I'd be up for a group purchase.
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Seems as soon as you create an account with AliExpress they are either out of stock or maybe won't ship to UK  Confused 
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