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Old 14-01-2010, 20:00   #1
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Wind Instrument at the Nav Table?

I don't recall ever seeing a boat with a wind instrument at the nav table. I sure would like to know what's going on with the wind, when waking up at anchor, for example, and trying to figure out what the day's going to be like. Or if someone else is at the helm on a long passage, and I'm below trying to understand what's going on.

Do any of you have wind instruments at the nav table?

I'm thinking about putting one of those admirably compact ST40 units in, plus maybe an ST40 bi-data for speed and depth. Would fit well in the panel of my nav station. Can't figure out, though, whether I can hook it up to my ST60 instruments. ST40 is Sea Talk, I gather, but no daisy-chaining is possible. Is it compatible? As usual you can't tell anything from the Raymarine materials.
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Old 14-01-2010, 20:09   #2
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The Raymarine "graphic" display contains wind info - at least the wind speed on the page they show on their pics. I think you can customize the pages to include a variety of wind info.

My current instruments (KVH) at the nav station include the wind info - but I have never even looked at them Typically I leave it on the depth and speed display. I am in process of replacing all of the KVH with RM and will install a "graphic" display at the nav station.

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Old 14-01-2010, 20:13   #3
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Yeah, I would put an instrument repeater at the nav table (if I could afford it -- other priorities first). As it is, I can get my instrument data on my laptop, so as long as the computer is running I can tell what the wind is doing. FWIW, I am using a Nexus NX2 server-based instrument system.
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We have an ST50 multi display at the nav (integrated with other ST50 wind, and ST50 depth at the helm). It's quite handy to have...
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Also multi repeater at nav table too.

Don't use it much now that I'm laptop-based and have all this information (and more) at the nav table already.

Used to be quite handy
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I have an ST60 system in teh cockpit with a MULTI repeater at the nav table...all the ST60 data is available there...really handy for the navigator to know what the wind directions are ...true and apparent when deciding course changes

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I keep a flute and clarinet handy.
Oh THAT kind of wind instrument...never mind!
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My instruments and cockpit are immediately adjacent to the fully protected saloon which functions as the nav table on passages. So all that is very handy. In addittion I have a raymarine wireless autopilot control which also repeats all my instruments, so thats cool anywhere on the boat.
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I don't recall ever seeing a boat with a wind instrument at the nav table. I sure would like to know what's going on with the wind, when waking up at anchor, for example, and trying to figure out what the day's going to be like. Or if someone else is at the helm on a long passage, and I'm below trying to understand what's going on.

Do any of you have wind instruments at the nav table?

I'm thinking about putting one of those admirably compact ST40 units in, plus maybe an ST40 bi-data for speed and depth. Would fit well in the panel of my nav station. Can't figure out, though, whether I can hook it up to my ST60 instruments. ST40 is Sea Talk, I gather, but no daisy-chaining is possible. Is it compatible? As usual you can't tell anything from the Raymarine materials.
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OMG, that is a beautiful ship!

That sir, is a true 'work of art', you should be proud to post pictures of those instruments. I'm old school too, chartplotters are a very efficient multifunctional tool but along with that is the thought that if one little thing inside goes hay-wire, you loose everything! I like the older style individual instruments for just that reason.
redundency is ok in my book though. two of everything is fine with me.
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Do any of you have wind instruments at the nav table?
I have one....used to have the ST60 MULTI then upgraded to the ST70 line and included the nav station. When at anchor and it's cold and rainy, it's nice to know what's going on out there (or at least that's the excuse I used to justify the $$).
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And I use

the TackTick instruments where I can move the display where ever I want it!
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Sure, having the instruments at the nav station is handy. But the best location for repeaters is above my bunk. When fronts move through at 2 in the morning I just look up to see wind speed, direction, and depth. Nice!
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I had a big blackbird sit on my anemometer, and knock it out. My wife use to always complain about how much wind there was. Now for 4 years I have not heard a peep out of her.......

Imagine has Tecnautic instruments. There are 5 pods at the helm, and only one at the nav table. Although this one will give you every reading the 5 at the helm has....i2f

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Wow, that's beautiful. A proper little ship's bridge. But can you steer from there? With such a great inside steering station that would be for a cold rainy night's passage.
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