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Opinions/Reviews of CLIPPER Wind Instrument - Please !!

Does anyone have an opinion of the UK-made CLIPPER wind system (the masthead and the instrument) with regard to its use on a 22' sailboat ??

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Re: Opinions/Reviews of CLIPPER Wind Instrument - Please !!

I have one (just the masthead unit so I can't comment on the display)... It appears flimsy, and the tail of mine was broken off in the box. Rather than return it to the UK, I glued it back on with some 3M 4200. Surprisingly, it has survived two hurricanes/tropical storms (New York area) since then.

There is no indication of how to align the masthead unit... I took care to align it in the most logical orientation, but the resulting wind data was off by about 120 degrees. This seems to be by design, and calibration must carried out in the display unit. (The masthead unit can also be calibrated by crossing two of the wires with the wind directly ahead, but that would have to be redone every time power is shut off.) Luckily, the Simrad display unit I am using is also able to compensate for this.

I think for a simple install it is probably fine if it helps you save a bunch on money. In my case, I wanted a masthead unit that output NMEA data directly, and this fit the bill. The calibration issues were a hassle, though, and when I have to replace it I will look at other products.
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Re: Opinions/Reviews of CLIPPER Wind Instrument - Please !!

Simrad make an NMEA 2000 masthead unit, which I'm using with the IS40 display. I didn't even have to calibrate it, it was spot on from the start. Very impressed so far. I think the masthead unit is made by B&G and sold by Simrad.
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