Connecting Watch Commander
Watch Commander should be connected with a positive locking plug to 12V. We strongly suggest you do not use a cigarette lighter plug. We use a West Marine #181867 plug and recommend that no power switch be installed. On our boat, the Watch Commander is plugged in when we depart and only deactivated when we arrive.
NOTE: Always press RESET
after connecting Watch Commander and after moving the time selector knob.
The Watch Commander is not
waterproof and cannot be exposed to sea water.
A little dampness probably won’t hurt.
We leave ours in a baggie under the dodger.
Using Watch Commander
Select the time you wish to
use and press RESET. We use
12 minutes offshore and less when closer to land.
Choose your own times as appropriate for the situation, the probability
of traffic and the speed of your vessel.
After the selected time interval has passed, the quiet beeper will sound
and the LED will stop blinking. If
you don’t press RESET, the loud siren will sound in 30 seconds.
NOTE: You may press
RESET any time you check the horizon. We
Testing Watch Commander
Test Watch Commander each
time you connect it. Leave it set
for the time you plan on using and simply let it go off. Also, test a few times each day while underway by letting it
go off. Let the loud alarm go off
once or more each day.
The TEST setting is
only used to hear the beepers. It
does not verify that the Watch Commander is keeping time correctly.
It will sound the quiet beeper and, 40 to 50 seconds later, the
The Watch Commander should
be accurate to within 10 seconds every 3 minutes. Check it against your watch.
It is intended to remind you to check the horizon, not to measure time
critical functions where high accuracy is needed.
(Actually, I can’t figure out why a cruising boat should ever have
“time critical functions”.)
Watch Commander - current model with time ranging from 3 to 90 minutes
Watch Commander Pro - current model with time ranging from 3 to 90 minutes