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Favorite Barometers

Alright, I know we're not supposed to admit favorites, but heck, why not?

What's your favorite barometer?
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I really do not like the shippy looking brass analog barometers.

I like the digital ones with a trend bar. Some also have the correct time.



I appreciate that I set the barometer to read in millibars.

My sailing watch also a barometer with a trend line.

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I have the pretty brass one & have always feel it was a waste of money! But it matches the clock........Dale

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I am the opposite of Jack, I like our Weems and Plath and my wife's favorite chore is to reset it every Friday evening when we arrive.


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Re: Favorite Barometers

For people who do serious travel offshore, or deliveries, I can see the desire for more modern, and accurate equipment, but for those of us just sailing our local waters, I think the round, brass jobs are just fine.

Those of you who are hatin' on their brass barometer can feel free to ship them to me!

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I've been thinking of getting a new set, matching chronometer and barometer. Aside from the expense, the other thing that's putting me off is that each time I go into a WM and look at them, no two barometers read remotely the same.

What's up with that? How do I know if the bloody thing is even working??!

Sure, I could just get an official reading and see which one is the closest - but how do I know the others weren't once right, or are more accurate in certain circumstances of humidity, pressure, etc.?
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I've been thinking of getting a new set, matching chronometer and barometer. Aside from the expense, the other thing that's putting me off is that each time I go into a WM and look at them, no two barometers read remotely the same.

What's up with that? How do I know if the bloody thing is even working??!

Sure, I could just get an official reading and see which one is the closest - but how do I know the others weren't once right, or are more accurate in certain circumstances of humidity, pressure, etc.?
Most have to be calibrated. Both for altitude and for the correct pressure. Make sure you do on the boat.

Being exact is not that crucial; the key is the trend: rising/falling, how fast. That is why I like trend bars, I also will note the BP and trend in the logbook. Of course if it gets under 1000 mb, expect problems.
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Most have to be calibrated. Both for altitude and for the correct pressure. Make sure you do on the boat.

Being exact is not that crucial; the key is the trend: rising/falling, how fast. That is why I like trend bars, I also will note the BP and trend in the logbook. Of course if it gets under 1000 mb, expect problems.
Aha, calibration! That's the ticket. Never knew that.
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I've been thinking of getting a new set, matching chronometer and barometer. Aside from the expense, the other thing that's putting me off is that each time I go into a WM and look at them, no two barometers read remotely the same.

What's up with that? How do I know if the bloody thing is even working??!

Sure, I could just get an official reading and see which one is the closest - but how do I know the others weren't once right, or are more accurate in certain circumstances of humidity, pressure, etc.?
I just bought a matching W&P clock and barometer set. I'm not ashamed to admit that I got them mainly because they look nice. Ok, maybe a little ashamed. But not that much.
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Re: Favorite Barometers

We have an electronic LaCrosse weather station which has indoor and outdoor temp and humidity. Sun/moon rise/set, weather trends and a few other features. It would be perfect if it also did tides. I have found no such animal yet.

We also have a Weems and Plath brass model.

We use them both for different needs. The trending on the Lacrosse is nice but I am stuck in my old ways of resetting the W&P unit every morning.

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