Wireless, solar-powered SailTimer Wind Instrument™
Time to plan ahead, if you want to have the new SailTimer Wind Instrument™ for spring launching.
The new Wind Instrument was on display at the Paris Nautic boat show in December with iTabNav, and then with the Corsair trimarans at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January. The initial inventory sold out before the manufacturing was even finished, and we are scaling it up. There seems to be a lot of interest in a masthead anemometer that can transmit to a variety of apps on tablets and smartphones (and to onboard NMEA networks). It is wireless, so there are no wires to install, which also reduces the noise and weight in the mast.
SailTimer Inc. made the first-ever masthead anemometer that could transmit to mobile devices, and this next generation has improved features and a lower price (US$ 449.99). The photo at right below shows how much smaller the new Wind Instrument is than our previous version. It has some amazing new innovations that are setting a new standard. For example, there have been a lot of centerboard sailboats made since the advent of fiberglass in the early 1960s, but many have never had electronics like an anemometer, tacking results and chartplotting. But that is very accessible now, with mobile devices in a waterproof bag or case, and the new submersible masthead unit. As you can see in the pre-release versions below (which lack the final colors on the tail), the new Wind Instrument is even small enough for sailing dinghies.
Smaller new design for sailboats of all sizes. Click to view full size.
There is a digital compass built in to the wind direction arrow, so this is is the first masthead anemometer that we know of that is designed to work with rotating masts. You don't need to calibrate it with the bow of your boat when installing; it knows which way it is pointing already.
We are taking orders now for April delivery. If you want the new SailTimer Wind Instrument™ for spring, order now before it is sold out again. Check out the following page for full details.