Thanks all - DotDon, Factor, Osisri, Sailfast. We took down the windvane
from the mast. We tried to find a schematic of its 5 pins so we could have tested it below the mast, but couldn't find it even online. So we had no way to test it directly. We put some electrical
silicone compound to make sure each of the connections were good and then took it back up the mast. Of course, its doing the same thing. Osirissail - looks like we are in your camp.
We left the vane up there, but now wish we hadn't because it sounds like we need to get it back to Raymarine. The price
for the display was $500, but that doesn't seem to be the problem. The price
for the vane, which based on what I am hearing from you is the transducer, is around $450. The total for both is $850, so maybe we'll do that and just have a fresh set, but I hate doing that stuff. It plays right into the pricing model of these companies. It seems getting wind direction and speed should be a pretty simple thing.
Sailfast - As for testing with the multi meter. Every thing checked OK except the green which was stuck at 3.98. I think the green is the port side wind. All of the other colors varied within the ranges specified.
So anybody got a spare windvane
they'd like to sell? I'm in the market.. Thanks for your help guys..
We are trying to decide if we should continue with our plans for an offshore Beaufort
trip next week without wind instruments. Arghh