In squalls and strong winds above 20kn and waves the wind
data ceases often to be provided by the wind vane
and the ITC-5, only a hard reboot by power reset brings them back online. This is very annoying because you loose wind
speed information essential for reefing decisions on a catamaran
. Wenplan ocean passages and want to add redundancy on critical systems, wind and autopilot
are critical for shorthanded crews, i guess.
So I am thinking about installing a second wind instrument and hooking up to the network.
There are self powered wireless mast head
units nowadays on the market, any comments or reviews
on them? Also raymarine
has bought tackticks and offeres a wireless wind vane
now, but I am thinking about a complete different sensor, like the unfortunately dicontinued maretron ultrasonic head
unit with no mechanical parts
. Would be great to have something bird proof.
Any suggestions for a good complementary system that hooks up to n2k hopefully without running new cables
to the top?