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dmarion Posted - 10/24/2022 : 09:57:22
Has someone experienced the NASA Clipper wireless wind instruments? Manufactured in England and much cheaper that the Raymarine and Garmin of this world. They seems to be quite popular in Europe end other parts of the world. There are several dealers in the US as well.
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Stinkpotter Posted - 10/28/2022 : 20:08:08
Some folks play with their McIntosh audio toys, some with their B&G sailing electronics toys--I've seen both... "The only difference between men and boys is..." I've got Simrad broadband radar etc. on my little $+!nkp*+, and would have difficulty impressing anyone with a cost/benefit analysis.
dmarion Posted - 10/28/2022 : 14:12:23
Good points, Steve. Actually, the only real benefit I see with a wind instrument, at least in my case and especialy since I do not sail at night, is that I would not need to keep my head up all the time to check the windvane. It is certainly not a must have but a nice to have (toy). Did I say toy? Oops! :-)
Steve Milby Posted - 10/27/2022 : 07:54:17
Before you invest a lot in any wind instrument, you should consider whether you'll really benefit from it enough to justify the cost. Wind instruments generally provide two bits of information - wind speed and wind direction. Knowing the exact windspeed isn't very important, because the wind doesn't blow at an exact speed. It puffs and lulls. All you need to know is the approximate wind speed range. Is it a genoa day or a jib day? You'll learn that quickly by experience and you don't need to be an "old salt" to figure it out.

IMO, the only useful function of a wind instrument is indicating wind direction. If you do a lot of night sailing, a lighted wind instrument tells you how to trim sails and steer when sailing closehauled or downwind or any point of sail in between. At night you can't see your windvane or tell tails, but you can steer and trim sails by referring to a wind instrument.

In daylight, you don't need the wind direction function, because you can see your wind vane and tell tails and woolies on the shrouds.

So, it's a good investment if you plan to do a lot of night sailing. Otherwise, you should consider something you'll find more useful, such as a gps, or a handheld vhf, or perhaps a telescoping whisker pole.
dmarion Posted - 10/27/2022 : 06:21:17
From what I have read, the Clipper is as reliable as its competitors. It is sold in european northern countries where the conditions are pretty harsh. In Canada, there is only one dealer who told me that the people who bought it are satisfied. I hesitate in investing about $1,500CDN is a Garmin or Raymarine. After all, my boat is small and more than 20 years old. I use it on a lake 5 months a year. But still, a wind instruments would be very useful. I will buy one for next summer and report on the experience.

Have a great winter! if there is such thing :-)
Voyager Posted - 10/24/2022 : 21:14:14
The Clipper wireless system for me rings up at about $540, or 1/2 a boat buck. Hereís the model Iím seeing.
https://www.amazon.com/Clipper-Wireless-System-Complete-Display/dp/B00ODQYVSE
It looks pretty nice for the price. I wonder what the longevity and reliability record is like?

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