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Old 03 April 2011, 16:04   #1
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Looking for a Windspeed sensor for a RIB

Hi

I am looking for a Windspeed sensor for a RIB.

Most options I see are for sailing boats. Does anyone have experience with a windspeed sensor on a RIB?

I use Raymarine electronics.

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Old 03 April 2011, 16:22   #2
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I don't, but I do know that the Primo private clients at Redbay are asking for them. God only knows why 'cos the "wind" is gonna be 40kts straight over the bow

Anyway - there is a suitable solution out there, and if I remember, I'll ask.

BTW, why?
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Old 03 April 2011, 16:26   #3
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thanks Willk

I want to use my RIB for sailboat scouting. I am afraid I lose a standard sailboat sensor If I go from one to the other boat.
I have seen te Airmar PB200, but hear mixed opinions about this sensor.

So any help is appreciated

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How about asking a race committee or sailing coach what they use?

Not too many powerboat-only guys are going to have much of an idea what you need. The sailies might.

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Vetus

Vetus do one without moving parts. Can display true wind or apparent.

http://www.vetusdirect.com/tech-deta...rd/wsd834.html
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Maretron sensor

I have one my RIB and one on a Hunton. Both work perfectly providing the boat is moving slowly or at rest. As soon as speed exceeds (?20kn) it losses the plot, despite being on the speed/compass etc network. On the Hunton it feeds a dedicated diplay and seems better integrated then with Simrad setup. Does temp/baro etc with GPS etc.,etc.
Good enough, but really quite expensive for what it is. You may be better of with a Wind Watch (cheap) or a Kestrel handheld. The upmarket Kestrel has a fluxgate compass in it as well as temp and baro sensors.
Kestrel is tough and is used a lot by the Army, but again, they charge a fair bit for it.
When I bought the rib it had a B&G wind setup. Not for long - the arm it was mounted on carried away in a modest Solent lop.
Garmin make a moving one designed for power boats, but other than in a catalogue I've never seen one.
Hope this not unhelpful.
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