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Old 09-20-2012
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Consumer Weather Stations. Any of them good for a boat?

On my first boat I did not have an wind speed indicator. I figured that I didn't need one. The wind was like the 3 bears, too strong, too weak or juuuust right. In essence that was true, and still is, but our new boat came with a davis mizzen mast mounted wind speed indicator. We've found that we watch it constantly and it has many virtues.

Back in it's day it was $250 or so (why I never bought one) and required a wire to be run up the mast. Now it seems that every time I turn around there are "weather stations" for sale that have wind, temp, rain, barometric pressure, will forecast for you and can update to the internet. They're usually wireless and the sensors are battery or battery/solar powered.

Are any of these units suitable for marine use? I would love to have a unit that:

Tracked max wind speeds
Gave average wind speeds
Tracked barometric pressure over 24-48hrs on a graph
Doesn't require wires to be run up the mast

Anyone know of a good quality unit that would be up for the marine environment and up to the rigors of being at the top of a mast?

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Re: Consumer Weather Stations. Any of them good for a boat?

most require sensors, wireless or not, to be mounted in clear air...

Davis used to make a quality product, but it is not made for a things need to be mounted on a "stable, flat surface" Not sure about the current quality.

the others are junk, even the outdoors units will last a few months or may be a year, if you are lucky. Then they need batteries every month or two, and you have play musical chairs to get the sensors to report correctly - by inserting batteries in A first, then B, then C, etc.

Sorry, but I don't think there is a consumer unit out there that does what you want....
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Re: Consumer Weather Stations. Any of them good for a boat?

We have one but it does not measure wind data or rain. It does do outdoor temp, barometer, indoor temp, date, time, sunrise, sunset, weather trends, moon phase, etc. the outdoor unit is wireless. The batteries last well over a year in both modules.

It is made by Lacrosse. Biggest complaint is the buttons get a little flakey from non use.
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Re: Consumer Weather Stations. Any of them good for a boat?

Look into Davis Vantage Vue, it' wireless and can be mount on your stern rail
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