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Your father is a very intelligent man. BTW, you can permanently install the displays, as I did...
The problem with that is that we need to move it into sunlight sometimes. It is under the bimini in a good location for viewing. That makes it typically a bad location for getting sun. I am concerned that if we put it in a good location for sun, and it went overboard, he might throw his son off to go fetch it.

The water is cold right now. The swim would be long, especially if I returned empty handed.

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C'mon who's got the money to own a wind speed device that does not also have a Windex?? Regardless of a having a wind with vane I would never be without a Windex.
It has honestly never occurred to me to not have a Windex. I think of a wind speed thingie as one bit of information, and the Windex as another, more to do with sail set and how much more I can pinch than anything to do with the wind direction!

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No wind instruments is good, there's that much less to buy, pay for, and keep in repair.

But then again...I can't chase down VPPs with just a woolie. I'm ust not sharp enough to finesse the last couple of degrees and wally with them.
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But do any of them

Do any of them have the ability to capture "highest wind speed" and save it??

I am buying a digital strain gauge this spring to do some real world analysis of windage and actual loads to anchor or mooring. It would be nice, when I leave it set up over night in a blow, to capture both max strain on the mooring line and to have the max wind captured along side it. I'd then know at what wind speed the max loads occurred..

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You're assuming he'd let you aboard without it... I doubt that...
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The problem with that is that we need to move it into sunlight sometimes. It is under the bimini in a good location for viewing. That makes it typically a bad location for getting sun. I am concerned that if we put it in a good location for sun, and it went overboard, he might throw his son off to go fetch it.

The water is cold right now. The swim would be long, especially if I returned empty handed.

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If you have NMEA output for it, you could always capture the NMEA data, and record it using a small computer.
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Do any of them have the ability to capture "highest wind speed" and save it??

I am buying a digital strain gauge this spring to do some real world analysis of windage and actual loads to anchor or mooring. It would be nice, when I leave it set up over night in a blow, to capture both max strain on the mooring line and to have the max wind captured along side it. I'd then know at what wind speed the max loads occurred..

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Do any of them have the ability to capture "highest wind speed" and save it??

I am buying a digital strain gauge this spring to do some real world analysis of windage and actual loads to anchor or mooring. It would be nice, when I leave it set up over night in a blow, to capture both max strain on the mooring line and to have the max wind captured along side it. I'd then know at what wind speed the max loads occurred..

Hope that made some sense..
Worst case scenario, you could use some sort of NMEA data logger, that would give you the highest value and the history too.
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Whatever you do, please post your final decision once you've made it. I haven't had time to research the options out there, so I may just make a parasitic decision based on what you get. Thanks, - John
John,

After multiple calls to Garmin and lack luster knowledge of their own product I got frustrated. I also called and spoke with TackTick and neither of their units capture max wind. I finally downloaded the manuals for the Raymaine ST-60 and Furuno FI-50 and both of them record max wind. I chose an ST-60 again. I have had them on three boats and have never once had an issue.

I also spoke with my neighbor who installed the TackTick last summer while in the water. He was less than enthusiatic about it and mentioned it has had a few "coffee breaks" described as holidays where it stops presenting speed and direction for a few seconds then resumes..??

I stayed with what I know and what I already have on my boat for equipment.

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I also spoke with my neighbor who installed the TackTick last summer while in the water. He was less than enthusiatic about it and mentioned it has had a few "coffee breaks" described as holidays where it stops presenting speed and direction for a few seconds then resumes..??
That was what I was talking about too when we had to reset it - Power off and on.

To be honest, though, it is simply an inconvenience and did/does not happen very often. THe solar version, at least, is a good option for someone who has lost their wind and does not want to pull the stick.

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John,

After multiple calls to Garmin and lack luster knowledge of their own product I got frustrated. I also called and spoke with TackTick and neither of their units capture max wind. I finally downloaded the manuals for the Raymaine ST-60 and Furuno FI-50 and both of them record max wind. I chose an ST-60 again. I have had them on three boats and have never once had an issue.

I also spoke with my neighbor who installed the TackTick last summer while in the water. He was less than enthusiatic about it and mentioned it has had a few "coffee breaks" described as holidays where it stops presenting speed and direction for a few seconds then resumes..??

I stayed with what I know and what I already have on my boat for equipment.
Thanks very much.

This is one of the reasons I love SailNet. Sometimes there just isn't time to do all the research on every single piece of equipment. It's helpful to learn how trusted fellow sailors sorted it out and why.

It does look like more options are becoming available, so maybe the decision would be different in a year or two, but at this point RM ST-60 Plus looks good.

Final question: Would I HAVE to drop the mast for the installation?


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