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Wind Instrument Alternatives

Hello All,
My ST50 wind speed instrument finally died (both mast head and control head) and I am trying to identify a reasonable alternative. It seems that the Navman/Northstar W310 and the Moor Electronics CAPW are both about $400.00. All the others are close to $1000 (Raymarine ST60, Garmin GWS10,etc...). I am leaving out the Nasa Clipper because it looks really flimsy. Does anyone have experience with either the Moor or the Navman that would indicate their robustness/performance? I am leaning toward the Navman based on the mast transducer connection - the Moor has exposed wires on the mast head that I think some bird would see as a challenge.
Any other alternatives would be welcome. Thanks
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If you want to go really cheap, you can spring for a handheld Windmate.
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I would look at Tack Tick. Here is a thread on the topic: feedback on the tacktick t101 wind system

The fact that its wireless is a huge bonus in many ways IMO!!!
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I know Furuno has a new wind instrument called the FI501 that has been getting good write-ups. It's an analog instrument with a digital number display. The price in the Sailnet store is $468.
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Furuno FI501 and other misrepresentations

I checked the price on the Furuno FI501 and as with many of the wind instruments - they list the price of the head unit and the mast head transducer separately so that it appears more reasonable (my truth - not necessarily the company being misleading). So the Furuno with masthead unit is also about $1000.00. Therefore it comes back again to the Moor electronics and the Navman as being the two that appear more reasonable and possibly more robust than the NASA Clipper - whose mast transducer looks pretty dicy.

Please anyone with experience with these two lower cost units??????
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Good price on the T300 Package at Defender

T300 Tacktick Wind / Speed / Depth Package

Just thought I would mention it, I think the price is through the holiday weekend
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