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My brand new boat caught a 4 ft long, inch thick stick that somehow got deposited exactly fore and aft on the mast head unit. I knocked it off by tying a broom to the main halyard and bumping it down.
While the stick was there the windex (Raymarine) showed correct wind speed but only showed direction if the wind was from the forward stbd quadrant (0-90 degrees off bow).
Now with the stick gone nothing has changed - wind speed is okay, the vane part point around to 360 degrees freely but the instruments only show 0-90 degrees. If the wind is forward of the beam on the port side the arrow on the instrument panel points to 0 degrees (dead forward).
I'm assuming signal and voltages are good because it's accurate within that arc, and confused because the vane can point all around.
Eventually I'll find someone to hoist me up, but have no idea what to look for.
The only thing I can think of is that the vane got knocked off true level, but sailboats heel so that should not bother it that dang much.
Any body got any ideas of what to look for, besides a Raymarine tech?
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ChucklesR,

I hope your problem is solved, but I just wanted to say "Belated Welcome to Sailnet!!"


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It's not. The primary problem seems to be that the mast is still 47 feet above water, and I don't work aloft
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... and I don't work aloft
Why not?

If we could afford an ATN Topclimber or a Mast Mate, I'd be up that mast in a flash, when need be.

Jim
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maybe all the blue liquid leaked out?
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If the wind is forward of the beam on the port side the arrow on the instrument panel points to 0 degrees
Chuckles,

It's quite apparent your Raymarine has outsmarted you, as it knows you have a catamaran and can't possibly sail with the wind forward of the beam.

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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions guys. Nice to be loved.

SemiJim, afraid of heights.
Got stuck in my harness hangin upside down on USS Ponce back in the 80's, 80 feet above a steel deck in a force 8 blow. For almost 4 hours.
I don't work aloft.
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Throw our XBox at it.
Tried that. Missed.
Don't mind the dents, happened in shipping.
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions guys. Nice to be loved.

SemiJim, afraid of heights.
Got stuck in my harness hangin upside down on USS Ponce back in the 80's, 80 feet above a steel deck in a force 8 blow. For almost 4 hours.
I don't work aloft.
A little blood to the brain never hurts. May I ask why you were up there in the first place?
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