The best distance-to-line tool ever.
Before Velocitek popularized the technology in 2007, you needed a $10,000 laptop-based system to get accurate distance-to-line measurements.
Now we bring you the ProStart, which is specifically designed, from the ground up, to give you the easiest, most accurate distance to line measurements ever.
Setting the line is as simple as telling your crew to press the boat button as you sail by the RC and then the pin button as you sail by the pin.
Once you’ve pinged both ends of the line, the ProStart uses the latest WAAS-augmented GPS technology to spit out an accurate distance to line measurement every half-second.
A stripped-down features list.
We started out by carefully observing how pro sailors use GPS instruments. We kept all the features that the pros were actually using and eliminated everything else. Then we spent 16 months testing and agonizing over every little detail of the ProStart user experience.
After all that, you won’t notice anything too unusual about the ProStart and that’s the whole point. It just works.
Speed & Heading.
Focus on the fundamentals.
Ten seconds after your start, the ProStart automatically switches to showing your GPS speed (SOG) and heading (COG). The accuracy and responsiveness of the speed measurements make the ProStart an unparalleled tool for optimizing your boatspeed.
Since SOG and COG describe your course over the bottom (where the marks are anchored) the ProStart is also an extremely powerful tool for determining the influence of current on your performance. When you cross a tideline, the numbers on the ProStart jump and you can instantly see how favorable the new current is.
A countdown you can count on.
Start signals have a way of going off at the least convenient times. With the ProStart, when you hear or see any type of start signal it’s the always the same drill: just hit the GUN button. If the timer isn’t running, it will start. If the timer is running it will sync.
Synced to the wrong signal? No problem; the ProStart lets you independently adjust the number of minutes on the timer while the seconds keep on rolling.
Automatic shift tracking.
Spot trends at a glance.
The ProStart’s shift tracker locks on to the mean heading for your tack and then shows deviations from that heading with an easy-to-read bar graph.
If you tack or jibe again, the shift tracker detects this, resets the bar graph and locks on to your new tack.
All this happens 100% automatically; you don’t need to press any buttons to make it happen. The ProStart constantly crunches the numbers for you in the background so that, whenever you happen to glance at the instrument, you can see how far you’re up or down.
Flashback to glory.
You won't find a single sailor, be it an Opti kid or seasoned pro who doesn’t get a kick out of seeing how fast they went.
With the ProStart you can recall your session’s absolute maximum and best 10 second average speeds with the click of a single clearly-marked button.
GPS Data Logging.
In addition to providing you real-time, on-the-water data, the ProStart constantly records your speed, heading and position to keep a running log of your most recent 30 hours of sailing. Once you get back to shore you can download this data to your Mac or PC and create race replay animations.
Race Mode: Displays heading, speed and wind shift indicator, updated every 500ms. Each wind shift indicator bar graph segment represents 2.5° of deviation from the initial mean tack angle.
Start Mode: Displays timer, distance-to-line and distance-to-line bar graph, updated every 500ms. Each distance-to-line bar graph segment represents 10m.
Speed Accuracy: ±0.2 Knots
Heading Resolution: 1°
Display Update Rate: 2Hz (once every 0.5s)
Water Resistance: 3m / 10 ft (IPX-8)
Display: 30mm / 1.18” digit height 120° viewing cone
Data Logger: Lat, Long, Time, Speed, and Heading recorded at 0.5 Hz (once every 2s), 30hr capacity. Data download is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and Windows
Batteries: 3 x AA 20+ hr endurance, rechargeable or disposable
Dimensions: 120mm x 175mm x 40mm / 4.72” x 6.89” x 1.57”
Weight Including Batteries: 448g / 0.99lb
Bracket Compatibility: Velocitek ProStart Mast Bracket or any Tacktick Micro Compass bracket.
GPS Chipset: u-blox LEA-5M
Warranty: One year
Mounting cradle (compatible with ProStart Mast Bracket or any Tacktick Micro Compass bracket)
Two Velocitek stickers
Top button label stickers
Quick Start Guide
Nylon storage sleeve
This Velocitek ProStart bracket is compatible with almost all sportboat and dinghy masts that have a bolt rope track. The bracket comes packaged with a hex key, a strip-resistant stainless steel slug and all the screws, nuts and washers required to attach the ProStart to the bracket and the bracket to your mast. The design of the bracket provides space for lines to pass behind the ProStart.