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
I'm still working on creating a polar for the boat
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.