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Hi Again All,

Took the Allmand 31 out for the water test Saturday, went great. It had a set of 3 Kenyon instruments mounted on the LH bulkhead, SPEED, WIND DIRECTION and an ANEMOMETER. The cups weren't turning upstairs and was wondering what can I do about that (assuming it's broke)? Does someone make a replacement mast head unit? I'm guessing there's alot of handheld jobs being used now.

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Re: Replacements for old instruments?

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I've been looking for a parts source for Kenyon instruments as well, so far no luck. They've been out ov business for a long time.
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Re: Replacements for old instruments?

I would plan on replacement. Not a trivial job as bulkhead holes will not fit the new ones and cables will have to be run including up the mast. If you can't do this yourself, the bill is going to shock you.
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Re: Replacements for old instruments?

After spending a day researching... and gasping from the projected costs of state of the art instrumentation... I've concluded (based on my Navy bare boat sailing days in SF Bay) I only really need: Depth gauge, speed and a compass on the boat and a handheld smart phone with a NAV APP for backup. I probably will invest in a smaller plotter unit.

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Re: Replacements for old instruments?

Faced with a bunch of knackered instrumentation, I decided NMEA2000 was the way to go. The expandability is excellent.

So the first step was a Garmin / Airmar DST800 speed, depth, and temp transducer in the existing hole for the old knotlog. This was hooked up to the chartplotter, both on the NMEA 2000 backbone.

Then I added a second display (Garmin) later on.

Last year when the mast was down for re-rigging, I added a Simrad wind display, which shares data on the network (from the plotter) to calculate true wind.

Might eventually add an autopilot to the network.

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Dave,

I have Kenyon wind instruments that are still operational. Since there is no source for repair or replacement parts for the mast head unit, if you decide to remove the mast head assembly, I would be interested in buying it to obtain spare parts that I may need in the future.

Please contact me at Windseeker33647@aol.com if you are interested in selling the unit.

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Re: Replacements for old instruments?

I upgraded all my old Raymarine instruments to all new Garmin NMEA 2000 gear and a small Garmin chartplotter.

Yes the price is shocking at first, but the gear will last for years and once the sticker shock wore off I was really glad I did it.
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