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Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

I have one more purchase to make in my change from Simrad to Raymarine instruments & systems which is a masthead wind transducer and 60+ instrument head but I have seen the Tacktick wireless out on the market for several years now but there are no positive or negative reviews, nothing... There are always people saying that the signal will fail but appears to be just their opinion as they don't own one. I know as a package, it's about $300 or so more.

Are there any owners of the Raymarine Tacktick wireless out there (or know of someone in your marina) and what do you think so far?

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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

I have used the tactick since before they were bought out. The gear works as advertised, I have never had a signal drop issue, and the head units seem to last forever.

I currently am sailing a boat with the new stuff, and it seems like it is equally good, but we only have two years with it.

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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

As an installer all I can say, to be polite, is to look at other products. If you want an in-depth analysis please PM me..

This is a fairly typical screen shot off one of my customers boats. System less than one year old...


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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

Why would you change FROM Simrad? I just installed a new Simrad NMEA 2000 wind transducer and is40 display - works superbly. At some point in the future I think the Garmin GMI10 will be changed to a Simrad equivalent, too.

I checked, and West Marine are still selling this pack for $1000 :

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...3#.USPwlXLh69Y

A Simrad wind display, wind transducer, DST800, and a combi display. Bargain of the century.

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There is some good information on this site but the search function sucks. I dont know how much has changes since ray marine has bought them out, but Ive had the Tack Tick T 104 package for a few seasons, and been very pleased. No issues except a loss of data on the wind unit when entering one particular creek, swan creek, for some unknown reason it seems to lose it there everytime? weird I know, otherwise it has worked flawlessly. Ive not used it on any extended cruising, but had them on 24/7 for two weeks and the battery never dropped below 50%, even with a few days of overcast if I recall correctly.

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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

2 positives and 1 big negative. I still need to check if the wireless can be connected to my Seatalk backbone.

Why I changed from Simrad to Raymarine? I purchased and installed a NSS7, IS instruments and Simnet backbone early last year.
My plan was to purchase a autopilot by Simrad this spring but the cost and the customization required did not justify the means. Electic or hydr linear drive would require some modifications below the decks to fit and proposal to provide and install was over $4,800 (included relocating the refrig-compressor.) Besides the very expensive autopilot system (at least what I am willing to spend towards one), had no problem with the Simrad products.

This winter I sold most of the Simrad systems on ebay and luckly did not take too much of a hit ($) and changed to a Raymarine C90W (much bigger unit then the NSS7), and replaced everything except for the wind masthead and wind instrument. Autopilot installed is a X-5. I always liked Raymarine as this was in our previous sailboat besides Raymarine customer service stinks.

Anyways, wireless system would be nice but sounds like I need to do more reserach into the system.

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Wow, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but IMO that was a HORRIBLE decision.

The Simrad could have driven the X5 every bit as well as the Raymarine, and done EVERYTHING else much better.

And the C90W is already at end of life, whereas Simrad is just getting started.
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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

Sailingdog, a former poster on SN also has Tack Tick for years and has been very pleased. He does not post here anymore but you could try a PM or Anything-Sailing forum?

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Re: Raymarine Wireless Tacktick opinions from owners?

Xymotic,
I disagree, the X-5 can be integrated into a Simnet backbone through NEMA2000 only but Simrad wind data cannot be read by the X-5.

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Xymotic,
I disagree, the X-5 can be integrated into a Simnet backbone through NEMA2000 only but Simrad wind data cannot be read by the X-5.
You'd likely need to convert it to 0183. There are plenty of boats out there doing steer to wind with cross brand devices it's just a matter of getting it converted to the proper language....

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