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Never really cared about wind speed, I just pay attention to what the boat is telling me. Wind direction is another matter!
Nice to have it wired into the gps and tiller pilot. But that is a lot more $'s, and usually come with an anemometer anyway.
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Why didn't the 500 million dollar 2013 Concordia have a warning system for groundings?
Oh, but it did! It is called the crew, officers and men supposedly trained at great expense to do just that.
Unfortunately, like every other machine, if one part fails, then the whole system can fail.
If I were you, I'd be putting a great deal more into your ability to judge the situation, as in reading the water color to determine depth or a ship's lights to assess the CPA on a dark night, rather than a bunch of equipment to do your job for you.
For that's exactly what it is. It is your JOB, should you choose to take a small craft offshore, to insure the safety of your vessel and crew.

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Got one of these late last season and was impressed.

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Intriguing! Where did you mount it? Did you actually put it at the top of the mast, or somewhere down lower?

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It sticks into your iphone. I had one last year. I found it frustrating becuase it always wanted me to log in to social media before I used it so I could "share my wind with the world!" Drove me batty.
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It sticks into your iphone. I had one last year. I found it frustrating becuase it always wanted me to log in to social media before I used it so I could "share my wind with the world!" Drove me batty.
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I got the unit that plugs into my Android. I'm impressed enough that I ordered one of the ultrasonic units for the top of the mast.
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I had an old outdated mast top unit that actually worked when I got the boat a few years back...

Thought it was "interesting" to keep track of wind speed compared to heel angle and boat speed...Kind of a learning curve thing as I watched the waves and birds and flags and ripples on the water...

Second or third year it started glitching out, I looked for replacing or repairing to no avail (for matching antique unit) so I said heck with it...

Last year sailed without and really started missing it and pieces of the puzzle it helped with...

So this year I bust out a couple boat bucks and bought me a new one...A real boat mast instrument, not some desk jockey indoor weather station...

And believe me, I looked at them alot cause Im just as cheap as the next guy....But in the end, all I could say was "not on my boat"

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Re: First post...Anyone using inexpensive anemometers

On my two previous boats, I didn't have any wind instruments. While I am out there, I sail the boat as the given wind dictates. However, I do like to make a comparison, at the end of the day, with conditions I experienced on the water to what the actual wind readings were from nearby stations at the time. Then I will know what to expect from my boat (and myself!) when I am looking at weather forecasts in the future.

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Re: First post...Anyone using inexpensive anemometers

If the interest is just a local wind reading, why not just use your phone to log into one of the weather apps, which publish all sorts of local readings. Apps, like Storm, gives updates from local users and/or a nearby official station. NOAA has an app that transmits reading from their weather buoys. Many, many others.


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