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12-28-2012 02:44 PM
zeehag
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

i love my anemometer--it tells what the wind speed is actually and i can brag about how fast wind is when i pass a fun leg on my journeys....60+ is max, so far--we did better than that in gulf of mexico, 2009-2010 in t-boomers...fun sailing in my tank here in pacific south of the swells found in sd and north kali and pnw...aint got none here--mebbe 1-2 ft on a good day with 10 kts wind--when is windy...LOL and temps of sea, 20c, and air--80s, Farenheit...is perfect.
12-28-2012 12:15 PM
blutoyz
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Quote:
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
I've never had fancy wind instruments, and sometimes not even a Windex if a fat bird decided he needed a place to sit!

Just go with a Windex. I'll just bet that you have a smartphone. If so, download the "WindAlert" app. It's free, and will tell you the wind direction and intensity from the windstations and NOAA bouys nearest to your location.

Here on the Chesapeake, there is cell coverage the whole length of the Bay.
Good tip on the app....I didn't even think of that
12-28-2012 12:07 PM
BubbleheadMd
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

I've never had fancy wind instruments, and sometimes not even a Windex if a fat bird decided he needed a place to sit!

Just go with a Windex. I'll just bet that you have a smartphone. If so, download the "WindAlert" app. It's free, and will tell you the wind direction and intensity from the windstations and NOAA bouys nearest to your location.

Here on the Chesapeake, there is cell coverage the whole length of the Bay.
12-28-2012 11:56 AM
sailingfool
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Watching the windex while sailing downwind for any distance is a real pain in the neck.
12-28-2012 11:42 AM
chucklesR
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Check ebay for used stuff - Sandy made a lot of scrap.
12-28-2012 11:12 AM
RobGallagher
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

If you, like most of us, are on a budget then there might be better places to spend your money.

If you plan on racing or doing some serious cruising then maybe it would be worth it.

You will never get a dime of that money back when you sell the boat.
12-28-2012 11:03 AM
blutoyz
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Good input so far....I am really just wanting to keep all my $$$ low on this boat so if I want to flip it in a couple of years I can get it back.

Feel free to keep blasting opinions out though, I enjoy hearing them all.
12-28-2012 10:59 AM
Faster
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Agree with Tempest.. we've had wind instruments and still looked at the windex anyhow.. I'd be putting the money towards solar or a new sail. We have a handheld anemometer if we really need to know the windspeed beyond what we're feeling.

Quote:
Originally Posted by blutoyz View Post
Narragansett Bay and the currents can be strong at times so a speed log may be in order. I never really thought that speed over ground vs. actual would screw me up.
Woudn't say it will 'screw you up'... for estimating time remaining SOG is actually more useful. Boat speed through the water is more important when gauging sail trim and how well the boat is going. Having both allows you to quantify the actual current conditions.
12-28-2012 10:57 AM
blutoyz
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

Narragansett Bay and the currents can be strong at times so a speed log may be in order. I never really thought that speed over ground vs. actual would screw me up.
12-28-2012 10:49 AM
Tempest
Re: Windex vs. anemometer opinions...

You don't mention which Bay you're sailing. I sailed on Barnegat Bay for many years with only a windex and though I now have both wind speed/direction and boat speed sensors, the windex still gets plenty of use. So, I would say, if money is tight just use the windex. You can buy a handheld anemometer, if wind speed is something you think you must know.

Boat speed given from a GPS is speed over ground. To get speed through the water you would need another sensor. The difference is the effect of any current present. You can obtain a trailing knotmeter..I have one on the boat as a backup but I forget who makes it.
IF you don't sail where there are strong currents, you should be fine with the GPS..
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