Wireless wind display system

Konsort Grace

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Hi All, I am considering fitting a Nasa clipper wireless wind system to our Westerly Konsort. I was wondering if any of you have had any experience of this device and have any advice or suggestions (good or bad) before I make the purchase.
 

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No experience, but lots of other people have had experience of having to make repeated trips up the mast to replace failed Nasa wind sensors. The wireless unit may be more rugged, on the other hand it may not. If you're happy to become acquainted with the top of the mast, it might be OK. Personally, I wouldn't buy any Nasa product which involved moving parts.
 

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Hi All, I am considering fitting a Nasa clipper wireless wind system to our Westerly Konsort. I was wondering if any of you have had any experience of this device and have any advice or suggestions (good or bad) before I make the purchase.

No experience of the Nasa wireless windex.
However, did have a TackTick wireless windex installed.
Don't have it anymore.

Nuff said.
 

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NASA seems a bit like marmite, for every post saying how awful and unreliable kit is there's another saying how good the service is and how the person posting the reply has never had that problem in years of happy use.........I would have no hesitation in installing the NASA wireless kit - indeed I will do so if i cannot get my elderly wored system to work again. I think a racing boat tacking in the trots clipped the wind sensor with their mast as the direction arrow seems to have gone
 

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NASA seems a bit like marmite, for every post saying how awful and unreliable kit is there's another saying how good the service is and how the person posting the reply has never had that problem in years of happy use........

I think this rather overlooks the fact that Nasa service was only required because the wretched thing failed in the first place! Let's face it, a masthead sensor isn't the most convenient thing to get at - I won't go up my mast, so I'd have to pay the boatyard to do it, and for a repair you have to pay them for 2 trips to the masthead.
 

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I also have TackTick 6 years now with no probs.
+1 6 years for me... Since Raymarine took over, the manufacturing quality seems to have improved. My wind part has been zero issue, except as mentioned elsewhere for the "St Katz" syndrome where the amount of EM interference (my inference)made the indicator stop from entering the lock to leaving it again a few days later...
 

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I won a TackTick entry level wireless wind inst a few years ago. Brilliant (so far) Can't find a crossed fingers icon
 

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We are currently in St Kat's and the TackTick wind instrument is working just fine. There is still terrible interference on VHF Ch 80 though, perhaps there is some connection?
 

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use the search for tacktick and there are people complaining they don't work or break down. on a forum like this you rarely get priae for kit just breakdowns and warnings. when i posted a request for good news about NASA lots of people replied.

when you think of the hundreds of bits of kit forumites own its difficult to get a definitive view of what is and isn't reliable - happy people don't post. anyway to put my money where my mouth is i'll be buying NASA if O can't get the current wired system to work again.
 

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The TackTick wireless wind system has had more than its fair share of problems, and it costs more than twice as much as the Nasa system. What's the realistic chances of the Nasa system being problem-free?
 

Konsort Grace

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Thanks for the comments everyone. I think I will go for the Nasa system as at the price it wont break the bank even if it doesnt last a lifetime. All I need now is someone to go up my mast to fit it. Any ideas? Boat is in Fambridge marina.
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone. I think I will go for the Nasa system as at the price it wont break the bank even if it doesnt last a lifetime. All I need now is someone to go up my mast to fit it. Any ideas? Boat is in Fambridge marina.
You could always ask Erbas but more realistically DRS Rigging 07796032564
If you are visiting Bradwell then you might be able to get Barnaby to do it from the cherry picker. I got him to fit a new aerial - £35 for him and a bill from Bradwell for £26 for the picker :) (and a drink for Ian).
 

Konsort Grace

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You don't know the OP - that I would pay to watch :p

His SWMBO might be persuaded.............nah.;)

I dont think there is a mast strong enough to take my weight but as for SWMBO, even I would pay to see that!!!
Thanks for the suggestions Roger, we might get to Bradwell on our holiday. Was your boat in or out of the water?
 
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