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Old 24-04-2011, 19:31   #1
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Experience with Maretron WSO100 Wind System

I'm in the process of adding the electronic systems for our new catamaran (49 foot Garry Lidgard design). I have specd the Maretron WSO100 Ultrasonic Wind and Weather System to drive a Furuno NavPilot500 autopilot. I have received some feedback that the Maretron system is not a reliable source of wind info for an autopilot and that I should instead go with a more conventional anemometer and vane system. The concerns voiced included issues during tacks and even concern regarding increased chance of lightning strike due to the large copper cable going to the masthead for the Maretron.

Are there folks that could share their experience with a Maretron WSO100?

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Old 24-04-2011, 20:20   #2
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Re: Experience with Maretron WSO100 Wind System

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I'm in the process of adding the electronic systems for our new catamaran (49 foot Garry Lidgard design). I have specd the Maretron WSO100 Ultrasonic Wind and Weather System to drive a Furuno NavPilot500 autopilot. I have received some feedback that the Maretron system is not a reliable source of wind info for an autopilot and that I should instead go with a more conventional anemometer and vane system. The concerns voiced included issues during tacks and even concern regarding increased chance of lightning strike due to the large copper cable going to the masthead for the Maretron.

Are there folks that could share their experience with a Maretron WSO100?

Thanks!
We have one on our mast now, but I just got it up and running this week. It seems to be working fine, but I don't have it interfaced with an AP yet, as we still have a NMEA 0183 wheel pilot. I hope we can scrounge up the finds for a below decks pilot sometime soon.

Where did you read/hear about the tacking issue? What exactly is the issue? I would be interested in reading that. About the copper in the mast, that sounds a bit suspect to me, people have been putting wires up masts for lights, radio, wind instruments, etc for a long time, just how is a NMEA 2000 cable any different?


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Re: Experience with Maretron WSO100 Wind System

I concur with Chris.. I have one on my Pearson 424 and love it.

I have several posts about it in my blog: S/V Deep Playa – Pearson 424 search results: WSO100

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