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Tacktick wireless multi wind system

I have just purchased Tacktick wireless multi wind system, technician guy on the marina says it will take seven hours to install, I have 31ft Beneteau. Installation is supposed to be simple, anybody wants share some experience and suggestions on installation.
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Re: Tacktick wireless multi wind system

Not sure what your multi wind system includes. We have an older tack tick with speed, depth and wind. If you're talking a complete install, from transducers to sender to displays, then it would easily have taken me (a non-pro) a few days to install. If you can tie into the existing depth/speed tranducer(s) then time would be a lot less. Still a few hours for sure, depending on how the wiring is run.

Now, if you're just talking just a windy with transmitter, then probably take only a couple of hours, depending on whether the mast is up or down.
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Re: Tacktick wireless multi wind system

Thanks Mike,
It is wireless, transmitter goes on the top of the mast ( just three screws) and display gets connected to GPS and autopilot. It is my first season on my own boat, I am learning.
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Re: Tacktick wireless multi wind system

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Thanks Mike,
It is wireless, transmitter goes on the top of the mast ( just three screws) and display gets connected to GPS and autopilot. It is my first season on my own boat, I am learning.
Thank you,
Natalie
Thanks Natalie, so it sounds like the yard has quoted you a day's worth of work (7hrs). Hard to know with any certainty how accurate this estimate is. On the surface, I don't think it's unreasonable.

It takes a few minutes to screw in three screws, but getting to the top of the mast, and perhaps creating a platform for the transmitter may take a lot longer. Again, it's hard to say without seeing your setup.

The GPS will have to be wired in via a hull transmitter, which must also be mounted somewhere. This job could take as little as 30 minutes, or it could take hours, depending on the wire runs. Same goes for the autopilot link (I assume you're linking your GPS and wind data to your auto). Then there's testing and cleanup... Won't be hard to run up seven hours.

Everything on a boat takes three-X as much time, effort and money. You'll get used to it .

BTW, the single best way to keep costs down is to do as much yourself. This job doesn't require a lot of specialized skill, but it does take time. Labour is costly (as it should be), but you don't have to pay anyone for your work.
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Re: Tacktick wireless multi wind system

Thanks Mike.
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