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Old 10-05-2008, 11:06   #16
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I have a Swoffer wind direction indicator but lack the input sensor. Does anyone have any knowledge of these instruments ?
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Old 19-05-2008, 22:25   #17
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I jhave a TackTic Wind instrument too. It's been a bit odd too. It cuts out and comes back at odd times. When it's in it works great and I really like it. I got it because i did not want to pull a 52 ft mast and rewire. The cost seemed to justify the not having to pull the mast.

Tha battery power has been better than expected but it seems that the signal is not so great. Thiungs seem to effect it that I can not always explain.

I was sailing across the fat end of the Bayt from Yorktowwn to Cape Charles and at the point I was passing the baltimore Channel two large vessels a tanker and container ship passed and knock the signal out for about 15 minutes.

last fall the wind speed worked a long time but the direction took a vacation.

I would be curious what you have experienced.
Out of curiosity, were gold)or platinum) connectors used in the setup of your system?? The connectors of the 'wired' portion of your system to power make all the difference in the world when a wireless component exists. I've never experienced a problem with my system and Luv it. But it would be good to figure our if it's because I just got lucky to receive good kit, or if it's because of a material setup issue. If your connectors aren't high quality, then perhaps an invest may be in order? If they are already, then it's good info as to the potential for existing manufacturing glitches for the rest of us to be aware of?

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Old 19-05-2008, 22:34   #18
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My 20yr old wind guages became unreliable and i couldn't bring myself to replace them, stick your head out the hatch and you'll know if its blowing 20 or 30 kts, stick some ribbons on your stays and you'll know your apparent wind angle, look at your compass and you'll figure out its direction, all very simple and nothing to go wrong, if you are only cruising go spend your money on something useful
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Would SIMRAD be an option for a Wind Speed/Direction Indicator? I have all SIMRAD Instruments along with Autopilot. I have very little problems with any of their stuff. I used to work selling Furuno, Raytheon, SIMRAD. The Furuno and SIMRAD we never saw come back. The Raytheon we were always dealing with in one fashion or the other. I had a Radar one time. Raytheon would not give me the time of day with it as they said it was too old for them to deal with. It was 8 years old! I have always heard their after market support was a bit shakey. I used to work on their BIG ship radars. They were always hard to get parts for even with the big money stuff. We are talking 64 mile 16 inch CRT types with ARPA. Thanks JL
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Old 20-05-2008, 00:39   #20
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Simrad is very good gear.
I am using the Navman equipment. So far so good. I especially like their wind display. It is the most "vivid" display I have seen on any make.

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Out of curiosity, were gold)or platinum) connectors used in the setup of your system?? The connectors of the 'wired' portion of your system to power make all the difference in the world when a wireless component exists.
It was a bad unit and was replaced totally under warranty. For my setup there are no "connectors" Two units one for the mast and one for the helm and no wires. They never told my why it had problems they just replaced it. For the wind instrument you can attach power to it for a down below setup but other than that there is nothing about the unit that is user servicable. It is totally sealed.

Alas I sold the boat and the current boat came with Raymarine ST50 instruments that work quite well.

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