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Old 17-03-2014, 08:33   #1
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NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument

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I'm replacing my Navman 3150 wind instrument (finally gave up trying to get it to work!). All of my electronics are NMEA 0183 and I'm looking for a solid wind instrument to interface with them. But I'm coming up empty in my searches. I'd like an analog display along with the masthead unit. Any suggestions? Thanks much. Bruce
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Old 17-03-2014, 22:56   #2
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Re: NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument

I think the non moving airmar one is available in 183. you'd still need a display for it.

I'd probably step up to a nmea 2000 unit. you'd probably to able to find a nmea2000 screen for it that would output 183 to your other stuff. I can't recall off hand if something like a garmin gmi10 will output 183 or not. I think it takes it for sure.
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Old 17-03-2014, 23:40   #3
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Re: NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument

Nasa Marine has a masthead unit that sends 0183 messages. They also have a display but it's a digital one.
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Re: NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument

We fitted the "NASA Marine" NMEA one about 18 months ago and since then have done 2 pacific crossings and winds up to 50 knots without any problem.

The wind speed indication isn't perfect (perhaps slightly delayed) but that may be down to my NMEA buffer. Otherwise it seems as good as the expensive ones.

Considering that any alternative costs 4 times as much, I would recommend buying the NASA unit and a spare one and still pay half as much. They also sell spare cups and vanes very cheaply so grab a few spares while you're at it.

I think due to obvious trademark issues the NASA instruments are sold as "Clipper" outside europe.

I bought it from Amazon UK and they not only deducted the tax for export but posted it very cheaply as well.

For a display I picked up a used Simrad IS15 display which has NMEA input, it's a true analogue display but it does seem to crash occasionally with a random alarm. NASA sell a suitable display too.
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Re: NMEA 0183 Wind Instrument

Thanks to all three of you for the input. Much appreciated. I'll give these options some thought and do some more research. Cheers. Bruce
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