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Yeah... but you still have to drill through the hull to get it installed. I'd love to see one where you just epoxy it to the outside of the hull. I don't understand why it needs to be separately powered - couldn't they do a paddlewheel version and just use that for power? It would work for speed, and so what if you couldn't figure out the depth when you weren't moving..

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The paddlewheel would have to be larger than most sailors would be willing to accept.

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My biggest concern is that I live in the Pacific Northwest and we don't get a lot of sun for a considerable portion of the year. So, how well will the solar batteries work in long periods of overcast skies?
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Those suckers are sensitive to charge on an overcast day. They can charge under incandescent light too...so if light is really bad, take the displays down and take them home and leave them under a desk lamp for the night. BTW, they'll go something like 300 hours without light if they're fully charged up... so if you have twelve really dark days in a row with absolutely no light, you might be in trouble... otherwise you should be okay.

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Question wireless wind instruments

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I am very much in the same predicament (refitting my Sun Legende in the USA) with the ST package but have now gone as far as installing the ST speed and depth instruments. However the ST wind transducer plus binnacle display needed new wiring thru the mast and the quote I was given was rather open ended depending on how much time it would take to replace the existing mast wires.. in addition I would have the haul out costs and to step the mast. Even taking into consideration the cost of installing a new replacement Ticktack wind transducer and cockpit fitting I am still some $1500 lighter (acording to my estimation) and with a more certain cost profile than with the ST. The problem with rewiring the mast is one does NOT really know the downtime and the gremlins awaiting ... all eating up expensive labour time at around $90-100 per hour. I have decided to buy the Ticktack wind instrument and now I have to find a buyer for the ST wind instrument out of the box. The only problem I have with the solar displays is how effective they are at night or in cloudy conditions. Perhaps someone has the answer to that one!
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The only problem I have with the solar displays is how effective they are at night or in cloudy conditions. Perhaps someone has the answer to that one!
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Ummm.... SD answered this in the post directly before yours.

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Those suckers are sensitive to charge on an overcast day. They can charge under incandescent light too...so if light is really bad, take the displays down and take them home and leave them under a desk lamp for the night. BTW, they'll go something like 300 hours without light if they're fully charged up... so if you have twelve really dark days in a row with absolutely no light, you might be in trouble... otherwise you should be okay.

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Thanks Looking, I hate having to repeat myself if avoidable.

BTW, the backlighting on the Tacktick instruments is the biggest drain of their built-in batteries, so set it to the minimum level you can get away with.

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I don't use any of that wireless crap on my boat...

The wire is way way better...maybe in a near future....when they invent remote control electricity or powder electricity.....

ST60 is the way to go...
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Ok, I'm going to show my ignorance again

Why ?, do we bother with such gadgets, Our small boat has a wind vane, all I have to do is look up and I know from where the wind blows, knowing how hard it blows really doesn't matter, we sail to what the wind dictates, not what a gage says, so why bother with hardwire or wireless, just look up
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In some boats, the bimini gets in the way...and in fog, you can't really see the top of the mast. Fog is pretty common in the summertime around the southern end of Buzzards Bay.

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