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February 18, 2017
The tides are constantly changing, day to day it can be hard to know when the perfect time to head out for a surf is going to be, or when you should get the boat in the water for a days fishing. This is where a tide clock is really handy for giving you an idea of what the tide is doing in your area at any given time.
The action of the tide is very complex and involves many factors, which must be considered to describe the tide exactly at any given place. A computer usually does the calculations necessary for compiling the official Tide Tables. The Tidal Clock does not claim to give you the exact time of the tides at a given place, but it will give you the average state of the tide, which satisfies most peoples needs.
This means if you are thinking about nipping out for a surf on the weekends, you can get a feel for the best time of day to do so.
The primary controller of the tides is the moon and the average duration between two transits of the moon around the earth is 24 hours 50 minutes and 30 seconds - this is referred to as the lunar or tidal day.
It means that the tidal day - to which the tide indicating hand is geared - is 50 minutes longer than the solar day of 24 hours.
In other words, your Tidal Clock movement has four hands - the tidal hand running 50 minutes late every 24 hours, thus indicating the average times of the tides at a given point, the regular hour, minute and second hand, giving you the regular time of the day.
Important - always set the clock hands before setting the tide hand.
The West coasts of Europe and Africa and the East coasts of North and South America follow the semi-diurnal pattern of two high and two low tides a day more or less equally spaced so your tidal clock can be used. However, certain other coasts such as the West coasts of North and South America are not semi-diurnal, and the tide indicating part of your tidal clock is of no use in these areas.
We offer a range of quality tide clocks all with a 2 year warranty. We love the Fischer brand because it never breaks and if it does we can easily service it. Head to our online catalogue and find a beautiful tide clock for your home.
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