Boat: Defender 32 from 1973, built by Dekker in Amsterdam
Nasa Clipper Instruments
Last year I bought a Dutch 32 feet yacht (Defender 32) from 1973 and I am replacing a lot of equipment as part of my restorationproject. This includes the beautiful old but derelict instruments. Based on price it seems that Nasa Clipper instruments (wind, speed and depth) seems to be a good choice. Can anyone advise me as to whether these instruments are reliable and durable.
I have a full set of NASA Clipper instruments:
· Close hauled wind
· GPS repeater
I installed these about 2 years ago. So far they have functioned pretty much faultlessly. The only problem we have had is that the wind instrument occasionally seems to stop functioning, but switching it off and back on seems to fix this… and this happens maybe 2 or 3 times in a year.
The GPS repeater interfaces with most standard chart plotters – mine is a fairly basic Navman, but again, this works really well. The plotter is at the Nav station, down below, with the repeater on deck. The repeater shows speed and heading and, if you put in a way-point on the plotter, then the repeater will also show distance to waypoint and bearing to waypoint with a “highway” style graphic to direct you towards the waypoint. We use this facility all the time.
These are very basic instruments. They do not “talk” to each other, so you cannot; for example, get any true wind speed, only apparent. However, they are very attractively priced. So far (touch wood) I am happy with them.