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My wind instrument is about 25 years old and finely broke. Any suggestions on the new ones on the market? I don't race this boat just cruise and money is an object. My sailing friends say get a wireless one but they seem pretty pricey.

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I agree they're pricy. I've been looking at the Navman one, have to buy it in Canada. The display is big and it will interface with my Navman chart plotter. I still don't have plans to buy one. I've been getting by without. Check out e-bay...
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Do you need a deck level display? If not, just get a Davis Windex and mount it on the masthead.
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Personally, I don't think wind speed/direction gauges are very usefull to cruiser.
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I agree I have an ST60 and wouldn’t race without it, but when I am out sailing with the family I don’t even turn it on.
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Raymarine ST40 is probably the most affordable.
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I've got the ST60....
The first one was D.O.A. and never worked, the second one works excellently.

I'm surprised at the posts above about not using them for cruising. For me, without exception it's the most used gague I use. That being said, I grew up racing... so maybe it's just habit...

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Wind Instrument and cruising

Hello,

When it's hot and sunny and I have bimini open, I can't see the mast head fly. So having the wind instrument allows me to see if the wind has changed.

I would rather see the windex, but the shade is nice too.

I don't race, but I like knowing the wind speed, direction, etc. I wouldn't spend a lot of money for a wind instrument, but since my boat came with one....

Actually, the unit displayed the wind direction but not the wind speed. I sent the unit to DMI for repair. It was $200 or so, and I hope it works this season.


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I had a B& G unit on my previous boat, but did not have one on the current boat, I just got a navman 3150 because I like the analogue display. However I am having problems to fish the cabling through the mast, any hints??
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Pops has a wireless. It works suprisingly well. The only real benefit of it is having to keep from running the cabel down the stick all over again - which probably neccesitates dropping the mast. Depends on your boat, etc. I guess. They run off of solar (or his does).

I have the ST60's. Never had a problem. I used it and still use it all the time... esp cruising. It is not absolutely neccessary - but I will always have one.

Just my thoughts.

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