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Old 29-09-2007, 14:30   #1
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pirate Cheap Weather Station!

Hi all, I have been in the market for a wind speed and direction meter for a while , just couldn't make myself spend the 1500 or so for one , well I was in Sams Club the other day and they are now selling a Wireless weather Station, The thing has Wind Speed, direction, Temp, humid and rain amount (which that part i did not use) for 87 dollars and it is wireless ! anyway I put the thing on my mast yesterday and works like a champ, yes the thing is not "marine" but hey if i get 3 years out of it I could replace it about 20 times for the price of the marine one, the only thing is it displays in MPH instead of knots but for that savings I'll do the math in my head
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Old 30-09-2007, 03:39   #2
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Old 30-09-2007, 03:41   #3
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I've wondered about them. How far off shore have you been with it and still had it work? Most of the ones I've seen also have time and use satalites but I'm not sure if that will still work if I'm too far off shore.
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Sorry , here it is
Lacrosse Technology
Model : COMBO10-IT
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Old 30-09-2007, 08:46   #5
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Weather Station

No this is a weather station , that comes with sensors to tell you the wind, temp, pressure,rain fall, humidity at your location, has a wind vane and a wind speed. As for the other one if you are talking about a Weather service receiver, that is basically a vhf receiver , and the range is coastal only (maybe 75 miles or so ).
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Old 30-09-2007, 08:51   #6
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Florida, I don't see that model on their site (maybe just my poor search skills). Can you confirm the model number? Thanks.
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Old 30-09-2007, 11:14   #8
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The reviews on Amazon are underwhelming.

Just remember... Water corrodes. Salt water corrodes absolutely. In addition to its apparent other faults, this is definitely not made for the marine environment.

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I would have thought that "marine" wind sets were designed to work properly when heeled, where "home" sets would be designed with cheaper bearings, etc. and have problems (inaccurate) when heeled over the way a sailboat normally is.

No?

Hard to argue with the price if it works out though.
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We have a LaCrosse weather station on our boat, although it is a different model than this one. A couple of points:
1. The sensors are waterproof and have good bearings. These are made for outdoor and marine mounting and ours have held up very well for 8 years now.
2. The windspeed indicator only updates every 30sec or so and is not a real-time display, although it is useful for glancing at the wind condition from inside the cabin.
3. The wind direction indicator assumes it is pointing south and references its direction from this assumption. It is useless on a moving platform like a boat.
4. You should be able to set the windspeed measurement to various units including knots.

Like I said, ours is a different model so the operation and characteristics of yours may be different. I really like having a weather station mounted inside the cabin. We have found the 24hr "forecast" feature very accurate and often out-predicts NOAA weather services.

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Too much depends on the reliability of your WX instruments to go "cheap". It may work for a backup though.
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Hi

This one says it updates every 7 seconds and I was out today and it worked great with the boat at a 10 degree heel .
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Yes I read it right off the box. maybe last years or something
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Aloha Florida,

I just love it when you can find things that work that are inexpensive. Things like winch handle holders or rod holders made from cutoff pvc plumbing. Would like to hear how your wx station holds up.

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If the thing fails, then 'so what'!!!??? I've gotten along for years with a WINDEX, and when mine blew off a couple of years ago on Treasure Cay, Abacos, I used some 'yarn' on the shrouds, and we survived till I got back home on the Chesapeake!! I may put my LaCrosse home unit (only an anemometer, not direction) on my mizzen at the spreaders so I can record peaks in the windspeed for 'bragging rights' on the net (i.e., we had 45 kt gusts last night!).
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