I've had a wireless Vantage Pro for many years, though not on the boat. It does a pretty good job and has some expandability. However:
Davis has never been much for software
updates. My version is stuck with 1990s software
running on an old computer saved just for that purpose, or nothing. It doesn't need
a computer, unless you want to save the data. It will store a year or so of data on-board.
You do need access to the instrument head
, to clean bugs out of the rain bucket, replace the battery
The wind always seems to peak out at 46 mph. I don't know if that's a limitation of the system or maybe it has something to do with the trees that have grown up down wind over the last 20 years. Seems odd that it's always 46 though. I thought 42 was the answer?
cell plus battery
just won't last through the night in the dead of winter at 45° latitude. Not always a problem, unless gaps in data bother you.
Recently, I bought into this new wireless weather station
, from the folks who bring us SailFlow and iKitesurf. No moving parts
. Includes lightning
detector and networking capabilities. Apparent and true wind. Supposed to have been designed with sailors in mind. I thought it would be easy to move it on to the boat.
, as in a year ago. Through an IndieGoGo campaign. It's a few months over-due now. But they're going to deliver any week now
, for sure.