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High Tide When?.....A Tide Watch Comparison

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A few months ago, while preparing for my annual Martha's Vineyard trip, I contemplated purchasing a tide watch.  I knew these watches existed, but until I studied them, my knowledge was limited to a cursory glimpse from a catalog.  Like many fishermen, I'd print tide tables from the Internet or grabbed a table from a local shop, usually opting to fish two hours prior to high tide to an hour or so after high tide.  It wasn't until I gave it more thought with safety in mind that I warmed-up to the idea of spending more money for another watch.

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In the past, tables I'd printed or picked-up would inevitably become lost, either in the shuffle of the place I was staying or tucked away, hidden in my vehicle.  Either way, far from me when I needed it.  After all, you just need a general idea of when high tide is right?  You can just watch the tide come-in?  As they say, this is all fine and dandy, but try it when it's pitch black, or when you've been fishing around the clock for several days and the tides begin to swim together.  And, practicality isn't digging a tide table from underneath your chest pack and from the inside pocket of your Gore-tex jacket at 2:00 am.  Knowing when high tide is, the tide's height and its direction can improve your fishing odds, not to mention, save your life.

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Imagine this, you own a tide watch with a graphical display of the tide's height.  You fish a particular stretch of beach during the day and come to realize that a certain spot produces time and time again but becomes treacherous at some point.  You check your watch and benchmark the tide's height and return the following evening to fish the same spot safely.  There's no question of whether you are putting yourself at risk.  There's no question of, "is it going to get worse?"  You know the outcome and wisely put yourself out of harms way.

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Tide watches can also aid you in driving to your favorite spots.  If you drive the beach looking for holes, sloughs and troughs, then you know certain spots are only accessible at low tide.  The convenience of a wrist tide table helps immensely in getting you and your vehicle on and off the sand safely.

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Nixon

Casio

Rip Curl

Tide Shark

Web Site

nixonnow.com

casio.com

ripcurl.com

freestyleusa.com

Web Site Navigability

Good

Poor

Good

Good

Model

The Lodown

G-Shock Tide Surf GL 150

ATS Digital Tidewatch

Shark Tide

Online Manual

Yes

No

No

Yes

Water Resistant

100 meters

200 meters

200 meters

100 meters

Pre-programmed Tide Charts

145 Beaches World wide

10 Locations

0

128 Beaches World wide

No. of Personal Tides able to set

1

Unknown

2

1

Tell Tide Direction

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tell Tide Height

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tide Chart Predicted out to

10 years

2039

99 years

15 years

Calendar

Yes

Yes

Yes, 100 year calendar

Yes

Moon Phase

No

Yes

Yes, 100 year moon phase

No

Sunrise/sunset

No

Yes

No

No

Time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

24 Hour Time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dual Time

Yes

Unknown

Yes

Yes

Alarm

Yes

Yes, 3 alarms

Yes

Yes, 4 alarms

Countdown Time

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Chronograph

Yes

Unknown

Yes

Yes

Light

Yes

Yes, Electro

luminescent

Yes, Day Glow

Electro luminescent

Yes, Electro

luminescent

Band

Polyurethane

Polyurethane

Polyurethane,

Stainless steel or cloth

Polyurethane

Color

Black, Blue, Green, Grey

Black, Blue

Stainless Steel,

Black, Blue

Black, Silver

Cost

~ $120

~ $90

$90 for cloth or polyurethane

$160 for SS

~ $100

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Personal Choice:

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Rip Curl's Stainless Steel ATS Digital Oceantides watch was my choice.  I chose this watch for the following reasons:

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1. The stainless steel provides a classic look that fits in well with the workplace environment.

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2. Two programmable tides, the most programmable of any of the watches.

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3. Ease of reading.  The watch provides a large easy to read and easy to understand tide chart.

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 Check Rip Curl's Oceantide watch out on Amazon

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This purchase gets my highest recommendation.  The watch has a clean look, is easy to use and performs as expected.  This watch is now part of my elite list of products I've discovered through the course of my life that leave me feeling as if I should buy a second as a backup.  It's a feeling that this product is perfect and could never be improved upon, even with an updated model.

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Finally, how cool is it to have a daily tide chart of Dogfish Bar and The Gut on your wrist?

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