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I agree absolutely on the new-to-me nautical term "pucker power" as a replacement for wind speed gauge. Having said that, I do use the apparent wind indicator a lot when trying to get the most out of the boat when heading to windward in light to moderate air. And - I also agree - you are NOT putting yourself, your crew or your boat in harm's way without the gauge - focus on the weather and the sea and the pleasure. You may in fact sail better without the distractions of instrumentation and technology.


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I agree with DrB. Its a gadget and you should be able to tell when to reef by the way the boat is handling and your wind "feel".
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I would not waste a day fixing it if all you have is a week. Also its much easier to BS the conditions later around beers in a bar if you dont really know the true wind speed.. go for it.

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My wind speed crapped out about a year ago and I haven't really missed it since. I will eventually fix it but am in no hurry to do so.
Same with me.

The most fun part about having a wind gauge for me was being able to toggle between apperant and true.

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Yep, I know all about butt lip marks in seat cushions and no, the anemometer isn't necessary. Oh Joy doesn't have one either.
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Mine was broken when I bought my boat and I removed the anemometer from the masthead. I would like to have it for racing (to better gauge which sail is appropriate) but I've sailed from 0 knots to 35+ over the last year without it. I haven't even broken anything as a result. I'll get it going (or more likely upgrade to a better system) when the boat bucks allow it.

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I don't think you really need it. It is just one more thing to break or spend money on.

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Thanks to all the real sailors.

I am the operations manager of a charter fleet and wanted conformation that the failure of the wind insturment was not a life and death struggle as the charterer stated. ( now if only my boss would see that) PS the boat has top of the line electronics and weather overly. (covet-covet)
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Whether it's just a direction indicator (Aka: "Windex") you're talking about, or electronics that give you apparent wind speed and direction, or even fancier stuff that'll give you true wind speed and direction, as well: You don't need it.

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I am the operations manager of a charter fleet and wanted conformation that the failure of the wind insturment was not a life and death struggle as the charterer stated. ( now if only my boss would see that) PS the boat has top of the line electronics and weather overly. (covet-covet)
The Charter party always seem to think that everything should be perfect, perfect and be able to sail straight into the wind with no problems.
Something about the old saw; The Customer is always right.....
Yahhhh! Tell me another one.

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