Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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Mast Down or Up for New Wind Instr.
It will cost me almost $550 to de-step and restep my mast over the winter. I hadn't planned on it, but last year I did it to replace halyards and a windex. Well when the yard restepped the mast they bumped something and misaligned the windex, so that was pretty much useless. Over the summer my Datamarine Wind Instrument has decided to start to fail. The wind speed is okay (I think)) but the indicator direction is messed up. It is off by 180 deg. I tried to recalibrate, but with no luck. It is also slow to respond to wind changes. I am thinking of replacing it with Raymarine ST60+ Wind Unit.
I'd rather not unstep the mast to install, but will need to replace the cable and the masthead unit if I decide to go this route. Option one is to climb the mast and pull off the Datamarine unit and pull out the cable with the new cable spliced in to the other end of the cable. I would then install the new masthead unit. and complete the assemble on the ground. I have never gone up my mast and weigh about 235, so hauling me up isn't easy. I could buy a solo climbing set-up, but that is almost as much as unstepping and restepping the mast. The other option is to unstep/restep and work the whole thing from the ground.
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