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There is no transducer at the top of the mast... the wind instruments have a shaft that has a multi-pin connector as its base, and that plugs into a multi-pin socket, and is held in place by a screw-down collar. If one of the pins up there or one of the sockets is badly corroded, then it could prevent just the wind-direction portion from functioning.
A broken wire in the cabling could also do it...
On most boats, there is usually a connection or coupler near the mast partner or step (on a deck stepped mast) to simplify unstepping the mast. I doubt that it is a single contiguous wire, since that would make unstepping the mast very difficult, since the cable would have to be removed to unstep the mast.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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