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Replacing wind instruments (Tacktick differences and Signet)
I'm presented with a decision, and I'm looking for your opinions.
The quick questions...
Q1) Does anyone have experience with the Signet Marine SmartPak system? Or Signmet Marine wind display SL254?
Q2) Does anyone know what the difference is between the Raymarine Tacktick T033 and T112 wind display units?
Q3) What are your recommendations, given my needs below...
I bought my Contessa 26 knowing that the Signet Marine depth&log gauge and transducers were not functioning. The Signet Marine wind system was, except for the LCD panel was broken, wind speeds above 35knots caused an error and the wind speed would blink from correct to "-E-" every 2 seconds. It turns out both display units are fried, LCD panels are no longer made, and the depth transducer is not compatible with current models and an integrated circuit in the wind gauge is no longer available.
My needs & wants:
1) I 'need' wind instrumentation.
2) I 'need' to *NOT* install a wire up the mast. (I can reuse the current wind instrument, or use wireless, but I will not be installing another cable in the mast.)
3) I 'want' speed & depth, but in Lake Ontario, depth isn't that important around here and with GPS is sufficient for speed. So technically this can wait.
4) I 'want' to *not* do wiring.
Option 1) Pick up the Signet Marine SmartPak system, with wind sensor gauge. This gets me Wind (using my existing wiring), speed (existing paddle wheel), depth (with new transducer). But I think I will lose the 360-degree visual wind gauge which I like for showing new helmsmen.
They have been generous enough to offer me some discounts so I think the total price will be around $1,300usd+tax+shipping.
Option 2) Raymarine Tacktick T033 pack for wind only. This gets me a single wind gauge, but does not get me speed or depth. Requires 12V wiring which is ok, but I don't have to run anything up the mast. I would then have to add to the system later...
Cost should be around $720cad+tax
Option 3) Raymarine Tacktick T101 (T112 display) for wind only. This gets me a single gauge that is solar powered. I don't know how this is different, display-wise, from a T033. Requires zero wiring but still doesn't get me speed/depth this year and must add it later.
Cost is around $1300+tax
Option 4) The least expensive option... forget about all of the above and buy a Signet Marine wind display for $436usd+tax+shipping. Replace everything at a later date when I have a larger budget for electronics.
Right now, I'm leaning towards Option 2) because it has graphical 360-degree display, tells me AWS/AWA and can accept GPS input for TWS/TWA which is technically all I *need*. Any reason not to go with the T033?