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Re: Ipad as sailing instrument....
Well here is a solution....
SailTimer Wind Vane
Its a wireless windvane that transits data to an ipad/iphone. Its solar powered and requires ZERO wiring. Its about $600, but then you buy no other hardware. This will display speed, GPS, and works with a number of apps, like iRegatta. I am going to seriously look into this.
I've been curious about that for a few months. I'd appreciate comments from anyone who buys it.
I have a very bright Netbook that I keep mounted in the cockpit and use it continuously for chartplotter and AIS display as long as the weather is dry. My software will put a graphical wind display right on the laptop from an external Bluetooth signal, so the SailTimer would be a very simple install. But the price tag (and concern over my electronics getting too complex) is enough to make me wait another season before pulling the trigger.
If someone buys it, let us know how it works out.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)
Last edited by TakeFive; 03-18-2013 at 03:50 PM.