{Stus-List} Instruments

Dennis C. captbuy at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 15 14:47:53 EDT 2009

I installed a Nexus 2000 (now Comnav NX2) system on Touche' in 1999.  Replaced the depth transducer (lightning strike?) and the masthead wind unit.  Other than that, the instruments have performed well.  The multidisplay provides more info than most casual sailors need.  One thing the Nexus system provides is wind relative VMG.  That is, velocity made good directly upwind or directly downwind.  This differs from "VMG" according to a GPS which is really WCV, waypoint closure velocity.  I find VMG very valuable for racing.  I'd consider NX2 again if I was replacing.

I'd also consider NKE instruments.  Have heard good things about them.  Mauripro Sailing sells both the NX2 and the NKE systems.  A full wind/speed/depth system will run you about $2300 for NX2 and about $2500 for NKE.

I've been on several boats with Raymarine instruments.  Other than the bad experience with their wheelpilots, I haven't heard much negative on their instruments.

I've installed B&G instruments on a couple boats and they're still working.

Dennis C.
Touche' 35-1 #83
Mandeville, LA

From: Bill Bina <billbina at sbcglobal.net>
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 1:24:10 PM
Subject: {Stus-List} Instruments

Well, I think it really is getting to be time to replace all of my instruments. The little annoyances are starting to accumulate. I'll most likely do it after the season is over, so I've got time to shop and compare. I would be replacing wind, depth and speed. Since instruments don't get replaced very often, I'd like to try and get this right. The setups I seem to see more than most is the Raymarine ST60 stuff. One brand that looks interesting, and very different in their approach is Maretron, but I haven't heard much of anything about them. They aren't exactly budget priced. I'm strictly a cruiser, but I sail in pretty much anything other than hurricanes, so I need good, simple, tough, equipment. I do like the idea of using combined data to get things such as apparent wind direction and apparent wind speed. I'm not crazy about having everything on one screen, either. I'd like the wind on a separate display from the speed and depth. With Maretron, that
 gets pretty expensive.

I'm shying away from Garmin, only because they haven't been doing this for very long. I've had great luck with their GPS/Plotters. I'm not sure how I feel about Tacktick.

Any thoughts?

Bill Bina

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