Hello Maria, and welcome back to Just Answer. A cabin tide clock is influenced by the orbit of the moon, so the clock has an extra hand, that makes a complete sweep at the lunar rate of about 12.5 hours, instead of the usual 12 hours. Read more, here, under 'Tide Clocks':http://www.nauticalia.com/uk-info/value-over-100/cabin_range_porthole_clocks,_barometers_%26_tide_clocks/7102.htmlAll the clocks have different names because they look different, are of different sizes, and perform different functions. For example, a midi mariner clock looks like this and has these features:http://www.nauticalia.com/uk-info/instruments/wall_bulkhead_clocks_and_barometers/schatz_midi_mariner_clock/5030.htmlA saloon clock would hang in the saloon (or 'salon') of the yacht; the saloon is like the main room or a 'parlor' or living room, where you would take your drinks, hence the name. See more, here:http://www.yacht-photography.net/2012/01/10/the-yacht-saloon-or-is-it-salon/A stateroom clock would hang in the stateroom which is a bedroom, the same as a cabin. This is an example of a stateroom clock:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chelsea-187-1000-Chelsea-Presidential-Stateroom-Clock-/400342691792
This is what a Royal Ocean Clock looks like:
This is a midi tide clock; read the description of it's features below the picture, on the right: http://www.marinemegastore.com/product-product-NAU_5017.htmSo, basically, the look of the clock, the functions it performs and the 'room' on the yacht where it is usually hung or stands, is the difference between all these clocks. If your friend requested the Cabin Tide Clock and you can accommodate him, purchase that one, as your gift. Please Rate with Positive Feedback before exiting the page, so I am credited by the site for my assistance. Thank you very much!
thanks for your answer. can you please clarify (I could not make it clrear for myself it reading the linkes provided) whether, for example, Royal Ocean Clock would be "cabin" clock and whether they would be suitable for a smaller yacht rather than large ocean yacht.
I am looking for something decent, but I don't want to buy a huge piece of equipment which may not be suitable for needs.
Hi again, Maria and you're most welcome!I'm happy to clarify. If your friend requested something like a 'cabin tide clock', I don't think this is too big for a cabin on a smaller yacht. What you're seeing in the pictures on the sites I included in my previous answer are enlargements, so you could see the details. It states on the site with the description of the cabin tide clock, that the dimensions are:Outside diameter 5½", face diameter 3", depth 1¾", so less than 6 inches in diameter is not a big piece at all.
http://www.nauticalia.com/uk-info/value-over-100/cabin_range_porthole_clocks,_barometers_%26_tide_clocks/7102.htmlAs I mentioned, the differences between the differently named clocks for yachts are based on their appearance, size, and function. This cabin tide clock is not just a clock, as it has an extra hand which demonstrates the influence of the moon on the tides. If you would like to purchase a more 'plain' clock that is suitable for a cabin (bedroom), you can choose one that does not have this extra hand and functions solely as a clock. If you want to be sure it is not a huge piece and will fit nicely into the cabin on your friend's smaller yacht, simply look at the dimensions given on the sites that sell this type of clock. If you're looking to only buy online, this is the only way to know the dimensions of each individual piece, and you can call the company that sells them, to verify it's the correct size for your purposes. If there's any way you could go shopping in person, and visit any clock shop and/or nautical shop to look at the different clocks, that would be better; however, if you would prefer to order online, the pictures are quite detailed and the sites provide other details and dimensions. In my humble opinion, I love the look and functionality of the cabin tide clock, and would prefer that one if I had a yacht. If you need to consider price as well, choose one of the others that is just as beautiful, but a little less costly.Please let me know if you need anything else.Please Rate with Positive Feedback (click happiest, smiley face), as that is the only way in which I am credited by the site for my assistance. Thank you very much; I appreciate it!