{Stus-List} Instruments

Pete Shelquist Pete.Shelquist at comcast.net
Wed Jun 17 11:49:14 EDT 2009

Bill - 

FWIW, about 5 yrs ago I did a number of distance races on a boat with
Tacktic.  Every time a storm rolled by all displays would go blank.  The
owner is a pretty serious racer and the instruments were gone the next
season.  The boat now has B&G.   


I'm in the same spot you are in looking for instruments and the timing to
purchase.  Keep us informed on what you're finding.  The more research I do,
the more I like Garmin (wind VMG, barometer, tru/apparent wind/boat speed,
Per Panbo: decent graphics/trends and bright displays, also nmea 2000).
It'd be nice to know someone that has actually used it.



From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
On Behalf Of Dennis C.
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 1:48 PM
To: billbina at sbcglobal.net; cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Instruments


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


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


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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