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Old 20-01-2016, 14:58   #16
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Re: If you could, what sort of goodies would you put at the top of your mast?

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3. a powerful 28x optical HD 1080p PTZ (Pan Tilt and Zoom) IP camera. It records on the yachts network video recorder and relays its view on the cockpit simrad NSE 8 display and the saloon large flat screen monitor. this
I was thinking about a similar approach, but all "outdoor" HD PTZ cameras I've found online cost way more than one BOAT unit (Break Out Another Thousand $). Which one do you have?

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Old 20-01-2016, 17:06   #17
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Re: If you could, what sort of goodies would you put at the top of your mast?

If you do use a tricolor or anchor/strobe make sure that the light is not obfuscated by antennas. We were using an ultrasonic sensor that required its own 7/8" mast and placed even a foot or more away, it hid the light from directly forward.

So, if you put antennas up there be sure to use thin wire antennas.

Also, test all the equipment together on the dock before putting it aloft. RF issues are real and can play havoc with each other. For example - when we have our tricolor LED it interferes with our mast mounted VHF enough that people have trouble hearing us from just a few miles away.

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Old 21-01-2016, 07:55   #18
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Re: If you could, what sort of goodies would you put at the top of your mast?

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I'm about to rewire my mast and replace everything, but I'm curious what people's opinions are on lights, gadgets, gizmos, etc...

What are your thoughts on a strobe light? I have one up there now, but I've never actually used it (and I'm not leaving the coast for at least another 6 years). So I'm probably just going to remove it.

LED Tri-color?

Maybe one with a built in VHF antennae?

What sort of antennae should I get?

Favorite budget anemometers?

Other weather gizmos?

I was thinking on following this dude's guide here: Building a NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument | Mechinations

Before I start making purchases, I want to ping it off the community's collective wisdom, as all ya'll have helped immensely before.

EDIT: Oh, I should say, the only display I have is a wireless NMEA-0183 multiplexer that broadcasts to OpenCPN on my laptop.
Combined mast top light with strobe and anchor light. LED of course

Wind vane, vhf aerial, wifi extender, cell antenna and solar powered remote tracker.

Undecided about one of those static wands.

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Re: If you could, what sort of goodies would you put at the top of your mast?

Anchor light
VHF antennae
Windex on antennae

Further down
Steaming light
Maybe a deck light

At deck level 3 amber lights each side and one on the stern. Alerts folks to look around for tricolor or anchor light.

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