When the initial version of the SailTimer Wind Instrument™ was announced a year ago, it was the first masthead anemometer with a digital compass in the wind direction arrow. It is wireless and solar-powered, with the electronics encapsulated in the tail. If you use it with a keelboat, there are no wires to install down the mast. It is also submersible, so if you take your smartphone or tablet out dinghy sailing, you can have GPS speed and tracks, chartplotting and wind electronics for the first time ever. You don't need to have a 12-volt battery on board. And now we are excited to present the first official pictures of the new 2016 SailTimer Wind Instrument™, which is coming off the assembly line now and into inventory for shipping.
Features and improvements in the new design:
● The tail has been re-engineered to be amazingly thin and more aerodynamic, reducing the thickness of the solar panels by 40% and getting the thickness on the rest of the trailing edge down to just 3.5 mm (0.138").
● New submersible off-switch for storage, with an LED light to indicate when it turns on.
● Arrives with battery charged and ready to use.
● Tail is 3/4” (19 mm) taller for more sensitive wind direction in very light winds.
● Main electronics and battery moved to the leading edge of the tail, to create more of an airfoil shape with a fine trailing edge.
● New black & white design. White circuit board and battery reflect radiant heat. The wind cups are now black for better UV resistance.
● Improved antenna arrangement to give longer transmission distances for tall masts and keel boats.
● Advanced encapsulation technology on tail reduces weight with very thin, smooth surface.
Click on the YouTube clip above (32 seconds) to see new Wind Instrument moving in the wind -- or see the new gallery at the Photos & Video page. The YouTube clips there show the new design responding in just 1 or 2 knots of wind.
The iRegatta Pro app on iOS can now display wind speed and direction from the SailTimer Wind Instrument™ (and the free trial version will shortly too).