Well, this certainly went a different direction than I had envisioned!
For the record
, we just bought this boat and the ST60 system was already on-board and the feather was broken off of the vane. We have no Windex installed, and, even if we did, there is no sight window in the bimini
to see it through.
Also, for the record
, when we took the boat out for the very first time (day we took possession), my wife did tie a couple of pieces of yarn to the shrouds so we could see the wind direction and sail accordingly, though I was doing okay just by watching the sails
themselves and could feel more wind on one ear than the other.
The way I see it, if the system is there, why not make it work? The feather on the vane is the only thing broken as the wind speed can be seen and, if it is strong enough like on Monday, the pointer of the broken vane moves enough to know that the gauge is functional and that the broken feather is my only real issue.
As for the cups, when I found the vane, they just happened to be with it and, since Raymarine/Flir no longer makes the ST60 or the parts
to repair, when you find it, sometimes you just have to spend the money
to keeps things working. Being an old aircraft mechanic
, I like it when things work!
As for expensive, the message was simple...the lengths we go to in order to enjoy sailing. At times it stings, but when the sails
are full, the world is right.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.