Now that I have received my WSO-100 Maretron wind
instrument, I've got to figure out how to install it. I am conscious of time ticking before the mast
goes back in so I can't really screw around with it endlessly.
I've trawled the web thoroughly and haven't found anything which looks suitable for me.
Someone mounted one off to the side of the mast
with a Glomex TV antenna
mount. Looks somewhat fragile, and besides that, I don't see how there can be clean air off to one side. Racers put their wind
instruments far forward on long stalks, to avoid the updraft from the headsail.
The WSO-100 mounts on a standard 1" 14tpi marine
pole. Maybe if I mount that at the front part of the masthead, on a long pole? Will there be clean air one meter above the mast head
, I wonder? I could use a carbon pole, probably. The long lever arm is bad -- will tend to wrench the unit out of its base in heavy seas. But maybe a good light stiff carbon pole would be ok -- the wind instrument itself is not that heavy.
I don't see how I can get that unit forward without creating all kinds of problems (and besides that, I would like to leave the existing Raymarine
wind instrument in place there), so it seems to me that the only place to go is up.
What do you guys think?