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Anybody have experience with Signet marine?

My wind direction and wind speed instruments are shot and not repairable. Signet marine makes round instruments that would fit the appearence of the other ones on my boat. I would not have to modify the holes, and their simple classic look would be a good fit for my 35 year old boat. Any input from folks with knowledge of this company and their products would be helpfull. Thanks.
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The instruments that Signet makes are not very complicated and, therefore, pretty hard to screw up. I wouldn't be concerned at all about the replacement of your old instruments with Signet. Good luck!

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Pretty pricey for what you get.

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"Pretty pricey for what you get" I agree, but given a lot of complaints about the quality of marine instruments in general, I was hoping these simple old fasion ones might have a longer lifespan than most. Another option is to go with Garmins new wind set up. Maybey too modern for the boat, but their customer service has a good reputation. Quality is an unknown as it is brand new.
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I can only comment that my signet knot/log display died around 1984 and there repiar cost was not good

How much has changed i cant say

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I like the analogue speed display. They are quite rare in analogue. They are quite deep though, at about 3.1/4", and my current stuff is the Datamarive display, and it's all digital.
I always wanted an analogue speed display.

They look very orthodox, and that looks good.

Although not analogue, these instruments are cheap, and you would not have to pay the sales taxes if you import them...

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I have seen them a few times here in the UK. They seem ok. You could afford 3 of them for the cost of those Signet systems. They have a chance of working out cheaper in the end with that cost ratio.

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When I got my new to me boat, the depth meter needed a new through hull transducer and the face of the round meter was cracked. I was glad to be able to talk to the manufacturer to diagnose the problem and send it to the factory for repair. I'm glad they are still around. When I got it back it worked and looked good.

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Signet is happy to repair things for you, even the old stuff, and you can preset a spending limit so they don't go beyond what you're prepared to pay without going to new. I think they also give a decent discount if you replace your old with their new.

They are good sending parts too, I've replaced a couple of the LCD displays (on the depth meter they are plug-in, on the knotlog they must be soldered in..) A bit pricey, but available and they fit.

My only beef is that they will not provide schematics for those that may possess the skills to try DIY repairs and troubleshooting.

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I have the 5 inch depth and knotlog from signet on my 1973 boat. The knotlog works well still. the depth gauge works, but has started to get confused lately when the boat is underway. It may be that the transducer has worn out after all these years.

They still service and maybe sell these old time units.
They still have a full complement of parts available.
When you call on the phone, you can almost always get one of their ENGINEERS on the phone. (And they all are very well spoken and you can understand them.).

They are expensive. But the stuff seems to be well made.
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I installed a replacement from Signet Marine for my 1970 Ericson. It has NEVER worked correctly and I can always depend on it not working when I need it most. I have tried to contact the service department of Signet I have not had any response.
The instruction manual is remedial at best and trouble shooting guide leaves much to me desired.
I wouldn't recommend Signet to any sailor.
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