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Mainsail, being it's your profession, I am sure you are right but I based my decision on Simrad Tech support and Raymarine Tech support and what they both told me.

I don't regret my discussion to switch. I preferred to have one manufacturer throughout.
.... discussion has gotten off the topic.

p.s. thanks for the PM and information.

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My wireless wind instrument (with powered display) worked flawlessly for season 1. My only complaint is that the NMEA 183 interface is another $400.
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I had installed tacktick on my previous cs 5 years ago. Friends purchased it when I bought the new cs. The instruments are still working w/o problems on the old boat.
I installed them on the new boat last spring. Worked fine. I did the installs myself and removed a ton of wiring from both boats.
I mounted the transmitter for the transducer as high above the waterline as possible and don't have a problem w/ the signal to the repeater. My mast is the limit for distance of the mast head unit and maintains signal. At this point I would install them again. Time will tell.
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I installed the TackTick awi. The less expensive unit with the display that is hooked to 12v power, not the one where the display runs off of a solar panel. Used it for 2 years before I put the boat up for sale. Worked great the whole time. Never lost a signal. I plan to install a similar unit on my new boat.


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We bought the wireless wind display and transducer (ST101) end of December. Installed it early Jan on our 70ft mast. and within 2 days it was not functioning anymore. Raymarine says the unit is defective... we need to send it back to the dealer... we're on a 1,200 mile-passage... hard to do... very disappointed.
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I have found the tactick stuff to be about as reliable as any other instrument. That is they never really seem to work properly on some installs, never have a day of problems on others, and only work in months with the letter R for others. The upside is the wireless stuff is easy to install and return when something goes wrong.

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Our current boat came with an older Tacktick wind/depth/speed system (MN 100). Must be at least 10 years old now ... maybe more. It has worked well for the four years we've owned the boat. I did have to replace the depth transducer, although I think it was even older than the Tacktick system. And in light airs our windy sometimes gets stuck. I think there is fine grit in the bearings b/c when I took it down three years ago, and cleaned it up, it worked flawlessly for the following season. Overall, I've been quite pleased with the system.

agoffin, this is probably a silly question, but is your mast too high? I think our masthead to the hull transceiver must be about 55 feet. I know our signal strength is low, but has never failed. At 70 feet, might you be too high?

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At some point the button battery in your TackTick will need to be replaced. They are soldered on to a small circuit board. Unless you are really good at soldering on PCBs stuffed with SMDs you'll have to find someone like me to do it for you. Even with my nice little soldering station and solder vacuum it takes me about 30 minutes plus set up and clean up. Not cheap.

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[QUOTE= At 70 feet, might you be too high?[/QUOTE]

that's what Raymarine suggested - but they did not seem to be sure! I am puzzled that there is no maximum working signal range in the product's manual, nor in the description of the items sold by Raymarine dealers/distributors.

And of course we're in the middle of a 1,200 mile passage when a wind instrument is useful especially at night...

We've been very unlucky with Raymarine wind instruments wired or not.
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At some point the button battery in your TackTick will need to be replaced. They are soldered on to a small circuit board. Unless you are really good at soldering on PCBs stuffed with SMDs you'll have to find someone like me to do it for you. Even with my nice little soldering station and solder vacuum it takes me about 30 minutes plus set up and clean up. Not cheap.
I'll remember that I can send them to you when my units crap out . Actually, I forgot to mention that we did have to have the battery in our hull unit (the transceiver that feeds the wireless units) replaced. We sent it to Tacktick, and for a small fee (forget what, but really was small), they replaced the battery and sent it back. I think this was before Raymarine bought them out, so not sure if this is still possible, or as cheap, now.

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that's what Raymarine suggested - but they did not seem to be sure! I am puzzled that there is no maximum working signal range in the product's manual, nor in the description of the items sold by Raymarine dealers/distributors.
Sorry to hear about the troubles Agoffin. I'm not sure where I read about the distance limit ... perhaps online somewhere, or perhaps in the old Tacktick manuals (which are on the boat, in a snow bank right now). I'm pretty sure our mast hight is getting close to the recommended limit, but I could be remembering this wrong.

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