Stus-List B&G Instrument Malfunction (Wind Direction)
gcollins at hfx.eastlink.ca
Fri May 11 16:45:45 EDT 2012
You could talk to these guys: http://www.myleselectronics.com/ - I
would think they can tell you if it can be tested easily.
My ancient B&B wind instrument has a home made metal vane on it, and
still works - we tested it today for the first sail of the season, gusts
Ironically, the newest instrument on the boat, a Ray ST60 knot meter,
never frickin' works - every season once the boat is in the water I have
to pull the transducer and give it a spin - despite that the thing spun
freely out of the water. Riddle me that!!! :-)
Bill Connon wrote:
> Jake Brodersen wrote:
>> Last fall my ancient B&G instruments experienced a malfunction. The
>> cockpit indicator for wind direction stopped moving. It has stayed
>> that way for months, indicating about 6:30 on the analog indicator.
>> The digital indicators show a similar figure (about 190 degrees) The
>> wind speed continues to function, but true and apparent wind speeds
>> are now incorrect due to the faulty directional input. The only time
>> wind speed is correct is when we're at the dock!
>> I checked the connections on the back of the instruments at
>> everything seems fine. Not much else I thought I could do at the time.
>> At the spring launch last Friday I noticed that the wind vane for the
>> instruments was missing! I went up the mast on Sunday. While I was
>> up there I spun the vane hub, but the indicator still didn't move. I
>> took the unit down and the vane is just gone. I imagine the plastic
>> had succumbed to too many years in the sun. I am contemplating
>> replacing the vane, if I can find one, but it appears that the
>> cockpit display isn't working anyway. I find it odd that I would
>> have both a mechanical and electrical malfunction at the same time.
>> I'm not sure how much money I want to sink into these instruments,
>> since they are probably over 20 years old. I have the Hecta and
>> Hornet (speed/depth) as well.
>> After spending major bucks to get the boat in the water this year, I
>> might have to delay instrument replacement until next year (if needed).
>> Is there a way to test the directional vane with a VOM on the output
>> pins? They are all lettered nicely, but I don't have a diagram
>> showing what is what. I hate to go the local marine electronics
>> dealer ask him to fix it. I'm afraid he's going to declare them dead
>> or charge me $500 to get them going again. Opinions? Fred???
>> Jacob "Ghost" Brodersen, Contractor, Jacobs Technology, Inc.
>> AOC Lead Requirements Engineer
>> DSN: 575-0792 Comm: 757-225-0792
> I have the manual for the old Hornet system that came with my boat.
> (analog only) There is a troubleshooting page with 11 tests as well as
> various voltages and resistances that are required. If you think that
> it could help you I will scan the page and forward it to you.
> Caprice 1
> 1978 C&C -36
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