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Vista HCx and tide tables


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Hi all,

 

I was playing with the tide prediction on my new Vista HCx and noticed that when I bring up the tide screen it defaults to the date of the last time I checked tides for a particular area. For example if I checked the tide schedule back on Feb 17, 2008 and today I open up that screen it defaults to the February date instead of todays date. I don't remember my 60CSx doing that, I am pretty sure it always defaulted to the current date and time. Can anyone confirm this behavior?

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Hi all,

 

I was playing with the tide prediction on my new Vista HCx and noticed that when I bring up the tide screen it defaults to the date of the last time I checked tides for a particular area. For example if I checked the tide schedule back on Feb 17, 2008 and today I open up that screen it defaults to the February date instead of todays date. I don't remember my 60CSx doing that, I am pretty sure it always defaulted to the current date and time. Can anyone confirm this behavior?

I tried it on a Vista HCx and a Vista C. This is the way mine both work:

 

In Find -> Marine Points -> Tide Tables -> (location), the displayed date was today.

I changed the date to some time last year.

I exited back to the main menu, and then went back to look at the tide table again.

The date was still at the one I had set it to from last year.

I shut the unit off, and then turned it back on, and went to look at the tide table again.

It was no longer on my selected last year's date; it was back to today's date.

 

If you're seeing it retain the old date even after a power cycle, then yours is behaving differently from mine.

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As a follow up, I'm curious as to how you loaded the tide tables. I believe mine came from when I loaded the Topo 2008 maps. Did you happen to specifically download and install the tide tables from the Garmin website. I wonder if they are implemented differently depending on where they got loaded from.

 

And yes, I'm on 2.60/2.60

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As a follow up, I'm curious as to how you loaded the tide tables. I believe mine came from when I loaded the Topo 2008 maps. Did you happen to specifically download and install the tide tables from the Garmin website. I wonder if they are implemented differently depending on where they got loaded from.

 

And yes, I'm on 2.60/2.60

I'd guess mine must be from Topo 2008 too; I didn't get them from the Garmin website.

I have Topo 2008 and CN NA 2008 (non-NT) maps loaded.

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As a follow up, I'm curious as to how you loaded the tide tables. I believe mine came from when I loaded the Topo 2008 maps. Did you happen to specifically download and install the tide tables from the Garmin website. I wonder if they are implemented differently depending on where they got loaded from.

 

And yes, I'm on 2.60/2.60

 

I have a Vista HCx fairly New, 2.60/2.60 and it is just as the Crab described. I also get my data from the Topo 2008.

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Interesting that it's working correctly for both of you. I'm confident in my original statement that the old date continues to stick even after a power cycle. Maybe when I get home tonight I will do a reset and see what happens and if that doesn't work, I'll try a reinstall of the maps... Other than that the unit is great and has no issues :unsure:

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Maybe it's not necessarily a bug but a difference in expected behavior. I can see how that might be something useful, if you were planning a future fishing/boating trip and you wanted to check several tide stations for that day. It would save you from having to change the date for each one you check. I agree it shouldn't persist after a power cycle, though.

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Interestingly enough, a master reset has fixed my issue. Now when I power cycle the unit, the tide table will default to the current date and time. So if anyone happens to run into this problem, a reset appears to fix it. Just remember to backup your waypoints first :)

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