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Old 24-03-2010, 13:00   #1
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Question Help! Which ST60 Instruments ?

I am refitting the electronics on my sailboat. I have my boat currently has all the st60 they made, a total of six. In my changes I only have room for 4 instruments. The wind,depth and speed are automatic I think. The fourth would either me close hauled wind,compass instrument or the rudder indicator. I am thinking the rudder but have never sailed with any of these last three. Which of these last three would you leave on your boat? I am a cruiser not a racer. Thanks
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I'd go for the close-hauled. very useful display.
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I use rudder angle a lot in order to balance my sails, but either my ST60+ autopilot head also shows the rudder angle, so you wouldn't need an extra display, just the sensor.
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rudder indicator is very useful, if the autopilot controls arnt directly in the eye line , I's use it. Gives a good indication of balance sailing under autopilot as well. Always found it useful. Compass is teh least useful and close hauled, ( whats that, I cruise).
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My take on the rudder angle readout which we have is that to me it is fairly useless. Every time I feel the need to check it, I automatically look at the position of the wheel which has a mark at top dead center and is visible anywhere in the cockpit especially including fwd of the instruments where the sail control lines are located. Although not as precise as a digital readout, for my purpose, it gives me an instantaneous idea regardless of where I am.

Why not fill the fourth hole with a repeater display from which you can select any number of readings?
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Why not fill the fourth hole with a repeater display from which you can select any number of readings?
Raymarine supply the ST 60+ Graphic Display. Not the best quality of display, poor graphic, poor angular vision, poor night illumination, the battery voltage graph is ridiculous because it start from zero volt. The instrument need more than that to operate. Its best feature is the rudder angle in degrees which make balancing the boat much easier to do. One step above is to install a C-series display.
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