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Old 27-04-2016, 00:36   #16
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Out of curiosity Skipperearly is your unit the original style that is in a clear tube and uses a standard looking vane and cups? If it is then it is vastly different in form and function to the more recent models which may be why I'm confused about some of your comments.

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Old 27-04-2016, 07:16   #17
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

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Out of curiosity Skipperearly is your unit the original style that is in a clear tube and uses a standard looking vane and cups? If it is then it is vastly different in form and function to the more recent models which may be why I'm confused about some of your comments.

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yes it is. I am not too sure about your assessment that it is vastly different in function. Form - yes - and i don't even think this is an improvement as the "old style" gives good service even under heavy heeling. Will be interested in your views on the new (heavier) design under real sailing conditions (waves, heeling etc)

Have you seem the calypso instruments wind reader? Sounds great but unfortunately rather expensive
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Old 27-04-2016, 13:11   #18
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Yep I agree the unit is pretty chunky and have the same reservations about effects from mast acceleration due to waves.

I have seen the Calypso unit... but wow very expensive and I doubt that tiny solar panel will do much.

I was under the impression the first units were WiFi not BLE and needed the reciever box to function. Also the vanes and cups were sourced from another manufacturer so unlikely the compass was in the vane. Hence the need (possibly) to calibrate as mounting direction would make a difference.

FWIW I've been chatting to the Sailtimer guys to get all the Android developer kit and also asked if they have an API or method to interface to a Windows app. Keep you guys posted.

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PS I'm a multihuller,we don't heel ;P but waterproof is a handy feature LOL
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Old 12-05-2016, 21:35   #19
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

@mhasting2004: did you receive you vane and what's your experience so far?

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Old 12-05-2016, 23:43   #20
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Not receive it yet, probably near end of month would be my guess but was able to organize a demo unit for DSR to play with, not sure if that has arrived yet either.
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Old 13-05-2016, 05:54   #21
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Mark...

Got the demo unit. Works fine using SailTimer API and their own Android apps. Now working to implement support for OCPN Android.

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Old 22-08-2016, 03:27   #22
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

FYI still waiting on deliver of unit.... getting a bit long now even with my level of patience...

keep you posted
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Old 22-08-2016, 03:38   #23
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

I waited over a year to receive mine, and it finally arrived a couple months ago. Unfortunately, during the long wait I bought a new boat that already had a wind instrument that was integrated into the boat's electronics, so my Sailtimer sits in the box unused (aside from a brief test to confirm that it works).

For anyone out there who has gotten tired of waiting for theirs, mine is available at a competitive price. You can cancel your order with them and get a refund, then I'll ship mine right away. Send me a message if interested.

Mark - I know that you passed on this offer a couple months ago, but I'm putting it out there for others, or in case you've lost patience.
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Old 26-08-2016, 05:44   #24
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Sounds like a very good idea.Good luck.
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

RDr, I know someone who might like one of those a lot.. Sean. Don't know how it could be arranged.
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Old 26-08-2016, 21:39   #26
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Please have him contact me. What is the complication?
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Old 28-10-2016, 02:00   #27
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Hi guys and gals

I said I'd give a bit more in depth review once I had the unit and had a chance to play a bit.

So far I've only been out sailing with it 3 times so these are just my initial thoughts....

I'm still working thru issues of accuracy in heading as the ability to calibrate is only in the iOS at this point and I use Android gear exclusively this is in delevlopment by ST so expect that soonish. Also the ap of choice for me at the moment is SailRacer am working thru issues with getting correct TWA TWS with that developer too. (may be related issue to first point)

Data seems to be Ok in OpenCPN dashboard but have not had a lot of true testing there other than walking around the backyard.

The unit itself is well made and function pretty much straight out of the box. The cups are stiff plastic and I wish that they wre a more pliable material as it doesn't survive a 1 meter drop...ask me how I know ... this is an expensive mistake if you live a long way away like Australia as the shipping more than doubles the cost.. Not ST fault but something to remember.. ie originally the unit cost me ~$500 Australian and the replacement cups with shipping was an additional ~$100 ... makes for a lot of swearing.

One of the drawbacks I see with the size and weight of the unit is that it has a lot more inertia/momentum than a light weight windex. This means in shifty conditions or light wind it can oscillate much more. Sailracer app has the ability to average data imputs so this may not be such a real life drama but don't expect it to be as sensitive as a bit of wool.

I'm still on the fence about if the unit is delivering on everything I hoped it could do but having said that the next option would cost a lot more (ie at least double) and would not be wireless and deal with a rotating mast etc etc.

I'm still working on creating a polar for the boat I race on and this will help with more of the things that I hope to test the unit / Apps of choice with.

Note I have not tried Sailtimers App and as the features that I am interested in are only available in iOS it is unlikely I will.... plus it is not really a racing orientated app IMHO.

I'd give the unit 5/10 at the moment as it functions but s/w support is a bit sketchy at the moment and concerns about AWA accuracy. I'd also not rate it very highly in very low wind (sub 5 knots) but I would not rate any gadget over some old cassette tape streamers in those conditions.

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Old 29-12-2016, 10:33   #28
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Hi All ,
I m new to this forum and also new in using the sailtimer windvane.
I got mine a month ago(which is out of the season in holland). but that buys me time to play around.
I am now trying to get it working on openCPN on a rapsberry pi(3)
I am using open plotter on the pi but the first issue i am running into is to connect the sailtimer windvane to the Pi's bleutooth.
Is there anybody with succes already?

BTW the best option for me should be that NAVIONICS should suppot the ST windvane, but that seems far away...
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Old 29-12-2016, 14:29   #29
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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Hi Kielzorg

Can't help you with the raspberry but I assume you know that it is already supported in the Android version of OpenCPN... might be worth a post on that forum too. Don't know how the app does it but do know you need Sailtimer API (android version in your case?) to be able to get a communication link happening.

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Re: Requesting OpenCPN support for the new Sailtimer Wind Instrument

Hi mhastin2004, Just wondering how you are getting along with your SAILTIMER, specifically how it works in conjunction with the rotating mast? What kind of boat do you have and what is the length of your mast? Any issues transmitting data from the masthead down to the navigation station? The product sounds great, but I haven't come across any overly positive reviews and none dealing with rotating rigs. Would love to hear some more real world info before I invest my hard earned sailing dollars.
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