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I'm a costal cruiser not a racer. Not sure if that matters. I certainly like technology but wireless concerns me. What if a gull poops on the transmit/receive part? Since you would need to go up the mast to install the wind instrument anyway, does wire not make more sense? Does the wind unit require some sort of power (battery)?
I just did a complete Electronics Refit. The Garmin
GMI 10 system with wind, speed, and depth is between $1000 and $1200 at West marine. It also graphs barometric pressure, and temperature. It is NMEA 2000 so it talks to my Garmin
Chart plotter. I also installed the new Standard Horizon 2100 AIS so now I can see the commercial traffic on my plotter. with this system I can put a compas rose that displays true wind around my boat on the plotter.
the GMI system is also NMEA 0183 compatible so as long as your autopilot
is NMEA 0183 compliant, it will communicate.
'88 C&C 30 Mk II