Join Date: Jul 2002
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Wireless instruments - esp. a windspped/angle transmitter
I ran across an impressive (to me, at least) new product at the London Boat Show today: a wireless masthead-mounted windspeed/angle transmitter. Both that unit and the cockpit display module are solar powered, 300 hr battery life, quickly recharged by a 9V battery in the case of the display, and - best of all - no further worries about the fact my mast conduit is full.
Actually, there''s a full suite of wireless instruments now made by this company (Tacktick), along with a NMEA interface box (connectivity to other sensors) and numerous other goodies. (E.g. imagine wearing a tiny little gizmo that, when you fall in the drink, activates the GPS MOB function, sounds an alarm, and the crew - let''s hope they wake up and get on deck! - are offered a range and bearing to wet but hopeful you).
Anyway, I''m looking for feedback from anyone who''s already used such a system, to hear the cautions and warnings that must inevitably lurk below the gloss of a boat show booth. Even if you''ve only window shopped but have some questions of your own, I''d welcome them...as I can get them answered for the next 7 days or so.
WHOOSH, lying St. Katharine''s Haven, London