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raymarine wind instrument "slow"?

I heard a remark last nite that the Raymarine wind direction / speed instrument, probably the ST 60 series, was too slow...sluggish, I think the word was, to be of much practical use to a racing sailboat. This is contrary to my own opinion of the instrument. Any comment from the racers?
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I doubt that's true as many people who race use Raymarine equipment. My friend competes on the national level with his boat and it is equipped with Raymarine ST60 gear.
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Among the user-programmable functions is a delay setting often referred to as damping, the purpose of which is to average out what would appear to be erratic readings as wind speed or direction changes. Most of us would be distracted by these instantaneous changes, hence the ability to dampen them. If a racing crew needs true instantaneous readings while racing, they have bigger problems.
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I have used St50 and ST60 wind displays on 2 of my 3 boats. I've been in the top 3 every year I was able to contend for the season. The VMG mode is nice to refer to. The only condition that they don't work is very light and variable, The only thing that does work is the smoke from a cigarette.... I frown down on smoking on board, not even the diesel is allowed to smoke...
The tell tails on the jenny and main should be used more so than just instruments. The airflow over the sails don't lie....
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I changed from an ST60 wind instrument to a B&G H3000 recently and have noticed a much faster, but more stable display. I suspect the update rate of the ST60 in the real world is much slower than the B&G
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