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Alas, poor Wind Indicator!

Our wind indicator departed our boat for parts unknown this afternoon. (Well, more-or-less "uknown." We know that it's somewhere on the bottom of Lake St. Clair's Anchor Bay, in the vicinity of the [racing] "A Mark.") Not such a big deal, being as the mast is coming down next Sunday, anyway, in preparation for haul-out the following Saturday. But I'm wondering: Are all plain old mechanical wind indicators pretty much the same, or are there reasons to go with one manufacturer over another? Short of going to an electronic indicator (saves on the neck, I imagine), are there any particular features that any one product or model might have that makes it more attractive than another?

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Good question....However, how many wind indicators manufacturers are there to choose from? This is the real problem...NOT too much of a choice out there. I use Windex...Why??? I can purchase them at West Marine, when stock is available. Also, they offer a light version for nignt racing. Is it the BEST??? No...But it's what we are sold because it's what's available.
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Yeah, the Windex is the most popular brand in use - and I think for anything bigger than a dinghy it's worth the money.

As for electronic indicators, they do save the neck, but they do act up now and then. Also look around and I'll bet that most boats with wind vanes and anemometers also sport the lowly windex as well.

Our last boat had the full instrument set, and we still looked up to see for ourselves. The instruments are great at night, though.. (when they worked).
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Make sure the fastening nuts on the new one are of the Nyloc type. I lose Windexes all the time. So far 3 of them.... one of them I never even got to use.
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The Windex Alternative

OK, Those of you who are racing have my permission to scoff and ignore, but as a cruiser, I find that if I am being attentive enough to watch the wind indicator, my attention would be drawn first by the behavior of the boat. If I'm close to the wind, like all of the rest of you, I can feel the hull fall off that edge when I need to head up or fall off. If I'm on a broad reach or running; then, the wisp of yarn on my upper windward shroud (extra cheap) is giving me undisturbed apparent wind indication. But then, of course, I am a cruiser and not racing so if the wind is so light that can't feel the response of my boat; then, I've probably cranked up the iron genny.
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I just got the Windex Sport 10 for my boat last month. So far, I'm pleased.
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Well if you go down to the knit shop and get a skien of yarn. bright pink is a good color and tie 6" lengths on you shrouds at various heights (now not so many your boat resembles a pink flamingo) But enough to give you an indication of the wind. Also the fish will jump out of the water to bite them and if you are fast you will have fish morning, noon and nite to eat.
But Game Warden they really did jump into my boat. Really officer.... LOL
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I had the same Windex on Paloma for about 10 years and only changed it when we were outfitting to sail down the Gulf from Galveston to Puerto Isabella - only as a precaution. That's good enough for me
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wind indicators

you are not alone with the loss of wind indicator .
during the velox 5 oceans this past year it was the lament of one of the racers .he said something to the effect that cant any manufacturer come up with one that can last thru a good blow .not to mention it is placed at the most farthest point up on the boat.
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Kinda off topic, still on windvanes. I replace mine with one of those that rides on the VHF antenna when I installed masthead antenna this summer when I got my rigging replaced. Like it so far. It's slightly off center, but really doesn't make a difference on my boat, it's still pointing correctly, just not centered on the mast. So chalk up a positive review for that type of windvane.
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