Apologies if this is a dumb question - just trying to get some guidance.
I have an existing WS45 standard horizon masthead unit and head
unit in the cockpit
of my Hunter
33.5. I believe the head
unit has failed (I did some preliminary testing and will do some bench testing later to confirm). Based on some forum chatter I've read, the WS45 standard horizon head unit is very difficult to find at this point.
I am looking at multiple options for replacing the wind
meter including going out and buying
masthead and head unit to replace the existing.
My issue is this: I can't figure out how to access the transducer wiring
and I am wondering if it's possible to reuse the existing wiring
(assuming I did some continuity testing and was confident that what's there was adequate).
The setup is thus: masthead unit has a 5-wire bundle that runs down the mast
and connects at the mast
step. From there, it goes to a junction box which then runs to the front of the cockpit
(either behind the headliner
or through some channel I can't see).
My plan is: replace the masthead unit and run the Raymarine
wire bundle through the mast. Connect the Raymarine 5-wire set to the connector at the mast step, then use the existing wiring from the mast step through the junction box to the cockpit. There I'd adapt the 5-pin connector for the Standard Horizon head unit to work with the Raymarine.
Can anyone validate this approach? Any gotcha's I should be aware of?
If this seems dicey, my alternative is to look at just installing the TackTick system (or honestly just going without, I think I can get by in my local sailing grounds with just a masthead fly).
Thanks in advance for any help!