(May 12th 2017)
This evening I dug out my Aloft Alone mast climbing kit and shimmied up the mast.
I need to work out where and to install the bluetooth SailTimer wind instrument, which replaces to previous wired one. I had the rigger install a new “manual” wind vane last year – it lasted a few weeks before a pteradactyl knocked it off.
Also, the line for hoisting courtesy flags has been broken for a few months, so whilst on the way up I was able to get that fixed.
I previously sent my drone up to take a look (I should post this to YouTube) but have to get up there to touch, see and feel.
Here is what I saw..
Yacht Club, boat yard, Corpus.
Sunset, Corpus Christi
Base of wind vane, demolished by belligerent bird: new home of SailTimer
Tri-color mast nav & anchor light, green mousing string and redundant wind instrument cable from old unit
Funfair, Corpus Promenade, obscured by Colin.
My new SailTimer wind instrument finally arrived today.
It is a Bluetooth wireless device, to replace the NASA Marine Clipper unit, which has a cable from masthead to cockpit, where the display unit site. The Clipper stopped working months ago, with the masthead unit having given up the ghost and, I suspect, the wire having some breaks in it.
This Sailtimer unit should transmit to my iPhone(s), iPad, etc as well as give me access to Crowdsourced wind wherever there are users – both historical and in realtime.
How it is supposed to look, once installed:
I will use my Aloft Alone kit to shimmy up the mast and install it – perhaps next weekend.