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Old 15-05-2016, 16:43   #1
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SailTimer Wind Instrument

Would someone please explain in simple non-technical terms the SailTimer Wind Instrument and related app? Also, any reviews from anyone who has used it would be helpful. Thanks.
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Thought I would give this a bump. I'm also interested in the Sailtimer. Is there anyone out there that has real world experience with this company/product and would care to share? I'm looking for something to install on a rotating wing mast. If it works as advertised, it would be just what I'm looking for.
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Re: SailTimer Wind Instrument

Their ad looks misleading from the start. I cannot see any instrument there. It is just a sensor.

A heavy one. Not for a racing boat nor for serious downwind work in light airs.

Being that heavy it will suffer more from boat movement in the seaway.

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Old 25-01-2017, 10:52   #4
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Thought I would give this a bump. I'm also interested in the Sailtimer. Is there anyone out there that has real world experience with this company/product and would care to share? I'm looking for something to install on a rotating wing mast. If it works as advertised, it would be just what I'm looking for.


I have the 3rd generation model. I have not mounted it on the mast of my Tartan30 as of yet. I kept it on the stern railing and had not issues with Bluetooth connection. I used the sailtimer app and if seems to work quite well. I have not interfaced the unit with other software but I understand the information it provides can be parsed and distributed across the boats network or through a wireless repeater. A wireless mini-server is now available that can interface with NMEA 0183 and wireless re-broadcast of incoming NMEA 0183 sentences from other compatible instruments.
It seems like it would be the perfect solution for a rotating mast as it has internal GPS which from my experience works quite well.
I have had a great response from the developer. I hope this system really takes off!
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Re: SailTimer Wind Instrument

Anybody else have experience with these? Just watched a YouTube video and one of the comments mention poor battery life, which I suppose might be due to an inability of the solar component to keep up with the electrical demand. Comments on this or any other part of the Sailtimer wireless wind instrument would be appreciated. For some reason, there seems to be very little real world info on this product on the Internet. Anybody have any non commercial links?
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Anybody else have experience with these? Just watched a YouTube video and one of the comments mention poor battery life, which I suppose might be due to an inability of the solar component to keep up with the electrical demand. Comments on this or any other part of the Sailtimer wireless wind instrument would be appreciated. For some reason, there seems to be very little real world info on this product on the Internet. Anybody have any non commercial links?


Battery life was not so much an issue this summer. But I have to admit I did not put the unit through it paces (Weekend use mainly). If you can wait till may when I mount the unit on my mast, I'll try to provide an in depth review sometime after that point.
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Their ad looks misleading from the start. I cannot see any instrument there. It is just a sensor.

A heavy one. Not for a racing boat nor for serious downwind work in light airs.

Being that heavy it will suffer more from boat movement in the seaway.

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I have not found this to be the case. The instrument is very responsive to wind inputs. It may seem like just a sensor, but the accompaning software is where the value lies.
To answer the original posters question, The unit is a self enclosed system that measures windspeed, wind direction as well as the direction the boat is moving requiring no wires. It functions wirelessly using bluetooth and interfaces with Mac phones,Ipads and Android devices. With the newly released mini-server, bluetooth transmitted data can be rebroadcast through wifi or NMEA 0183 networks. The accompanying software coupled with GPS containing phones provides optimal tacking solutions to a given waypoint. This functionality has only been supported with expensive hardware till now. Hope this helps.
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Re: SailTimer Wind Instrument

was also impressed by the sailtimer windvane spec, bought one and whenever I contacted the manufactorer for support the same answer: buy the new model it is much better. Will never consider buying Sailtimer products again!
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Regarding Sailtimer's Mini Server: I am in the process of attaching the Mini Server to my Garmin 8212 backbone. Anyone done this??? Sailtimer says just attach wiring to the 4 terminals on the Mini Server and run them into the backbone. I'm going to use the 4 wires in a NMEA 2000 Drop Cable for the attachment. I guess it is just experimental which wire goes to which lead.

Any thoughts/suggestions?
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tmcdonagh > Are you speaking from your own actual experience? What version of the SailTimer do you have? I'm very interested in the concept but have had very little luck finding positive reviews. Would you care to share your own experience witt the SailTimer?

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Formosa46AK > I would also appreciate to hear what you have say about the SailTimer. Does it work as advertised?
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I have rev1 & rev2. I do not have either installed on the boat as of yet on the mast. I had Rev2 on the stern pulpit. The unit tracked with my mast mounted wind instrument well. The windtimer software appeared to work well.
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