{Stus-List} Instruments

Robert Mclaughlin rmclaughlin2 at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 18 16:50:32 EDT 2009

I was assured it would not, unless you have GPS input.  They label it "Ground Wind" for reasons they couldn't explain.  Works great with a GPS input.


bob.mclaughlin at alumni.duke.edu

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Roger Ware 
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Sent: 6/18/2009 6:21:24 AM 
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Instruments

Does anyone know why a Raymarine ST60+ system won’t display a digital (true) wind direction? It has the information, so why won’t it give it to you? Or perhaps it will and I just haven’t figured it out.
Thanks, Roger Ware, Kingston, ON
From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com] On Behalf Of Gary Russell
Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 12:49 PM
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Instruments
I'm an NX2 fan.  Won't put Raymarine on my boat ever again.  I've heard of a lot of sailors having all sorts of reliability problems with TackTic and especially Navman.  My dock neighbor had to replace all of his Navman instruments last week.  They were only 2 years old.  ALL the displays had failed.  My NX2s are about 8 years old and the only problem I've had was 1 failed speed transducer ($120.00).  I haven't heard anything bad about B&G except the price.
S/V Expresso
'75 C&C 35 M k II
On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:49 AM, Pete Shelquist <Pete.Shelquist at comcast.net> wrote:
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 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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