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Handheld Wind meters

I seeking any thoughts, opinions, review, or experiences with handheld windmeters. Do they work and are they accurate?
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I think most of them work reasonably well, and those that have a direction/bearing feature are more useful still.

However the readings obtained at deck level are likely not that of the true wind - first off it is apparent wind that registers, and the wind is usually a bit higher aloft than at sea/deck level due to some surface friction.

They also need to be aimed directly into the wind for maximum readout.
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A. You can wet a finger and hold it up.
B. Get a look at the flags and see how they are flying.
C. Use an installed anemometer to get the Apparent wind.
D. Use a hand held anemometer to get the Apparent wind.

E. Spit into the wind and gage its strength by how hard it splatters back on your face.
(I've seen people with Mal de Mar let it go straight into the wind not a pretty sight.)

Now that you have apparent wind (Spd & Relative Direction) you derive true wind from it by using your vessel's spd & Course. Vectoring it on a maneuvering board is the easiest way to do so.

Have fun.
Oh! You could listen to the Wx report. But you all know how inacturate the weathermen are.

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Hey, if it works for you,...use it....don't pay any attention to these yahoos on sailnet...but if wind speed is really important to you, put a windmeter on top of your mast for sure....;-)
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The Kestrels have rated very well in PS, but use a small enclosed fan, so it needs to be aimed.

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