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Old 06-25-2015, 11:44 AM   #41
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The weather displays I am familiar with use a broadcast signal off of FM radio stations that is broadcast by NOAA, I think. I had a problem up in the mountains where radio reception was poor. How well it would work offshore would also be a good question.
Mine also had an atomic clock set thing listening for WWV broadcasts so the time was always right.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:18 PM   #42
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Well, I could subscribe to Sirius (sp?) and then display WX on my MFD.... but I don't see that as being any more accurate -- or "nearby" -- than the WU app (or whichever app you like) and nearby buoy reports.


Now a wave meter... that sounds like a winner! (Is there such a thing?)


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Old 06-25-2015, 01:22 PM   #43
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something like this:
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Or did you want a display / app for that?
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That's a good one, but what I wondered about is if there's something that'll tell wave height "right here, right now" (or maybe at least over the last several minutes or something).


I can check the two closest local buoys but I don't have perfect confidence in 'em, all the time. And sometimes (like right now, actually) they're both not reporting wave height, for some reason.


In any case, I hear about 4 and 5 footers from other folks around here from time to time... when I'm pretty sure they were maybe 3-ish or so. 3-ish on the Chesapeake can be quite uncomfortable, sometimes depending on wave period -- usually very short -- and direction of travel (both waves and boat). 4s and 5s would indeed be sloppy... but I usually suspect reporting error.


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Old 06-25-2015, 03:09 PM   #45
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Yeah, mostly this is curiosity after-the-fact... about what folks tell me they just experienced. It was 'orrible, Cap'n Ahab, waves over the top of the boat..." (and so forth).





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I have Ambient Weather station. I'd bought the cheap one from Walmart and returned it. The problem was the display. It was perfect if I was right in front of it, and not on any sort of angle away. The Ambient Weather I bought was one up from bottom of the line. It has an outdoor monitor which I put inside the refrigerator. Now I know how cool the box is without question.

My Ambient is three years old. When it croaks I'll buy another.
It offers 24 hour time and I've got it set at zulu time for cruising. That way my Log Book shows "true" time. That's the way we did ours on the 40'er and I've kept up the practice.

Oh, and it was $25 as I recall. It came from Amazon.

Thing I forgot: The Ambient is easy to read from all angles. It's perfect however it is not backlit.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:45 AM   #49
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"but what I wondered about is if there's something that'll tell wave height "right here, right now" (or maybe at least over the last several minutes or something)."

No problem a stable short wave radio and a computer can pull the world wide fax info , for outside your windo to theb seas off Murmansk.

Free , just a program to purchase , but it HAS to be a good stable SW radio.
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Meh...


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Old 02-03-2016, 01:38 PM   #51
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I've had this LaCrosse Technology weather station at my house for a couple years but recently moved it to the boat. (Model #C86234) I like the display of information without the cartoonish guy dressed for the weather.

I left the rain gauge at home since it's clunky and I have neither a good place to place it nor a real need for that data point. If it's raining, my boat is normally in its covered slip. When it's not raining, I don't need the rain indicator. I installed the external temp/humidity sensor in a shaded but open spot on the FB. The solar powered wind anemometer fit beautifully on my anchor light mast.

The north reference is the bow, so it's always indicating a relative wind which mimics my windsock indication. (Photos taken at different times.)





The lower helm looks visibility looks more obstructed from afar than it does at the wheel. This will get a makeover when I finish assembling all the pieces for the helm facelift.

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Do you leave the wind sock out at all times or only put it out when the helicopter is coming?
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On a more topical post.... we have a much simpler weather station onboard than what FlyWright has, and the remote temp sensor meant to go outside we actually have in the engine room. Unexpectedly, it has proven rather useful.
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Weather station

Aboard I have a simple weather station, but the graph barometer can register and display the weather pressure of the past 48 hours, there is alarm as well when large and fast weather pressure drop what is very important and convenient !
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Do you leave the wind sock out at all times or only put it out when the helicopter is coming?
It stays out whether the chopper is in operation or not. It actually functions better than a burgee in that it makes no noise and is steady in all winds I've encountered.

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On a more topical post.... we have a much simpler weather station onboard than what FlyWright has, and the remote temp sensor meant to go outside we actually have in the engine room. Unexpectedly, it has proven rather useful.
I did the same thing with my former OAT sensor. For a while it served as a fridge temp sensor and I would move it from fridge to fridge. Then Santa brought me a dual temp sensor for the fridges, so it now serves as the ER temp sensor. I'm still getting used to it, but the most I've seen so fay with 50-70*F ambient temps is 90*F.

Can you tell I love gadgets?
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X2 on LaCrosse. We had a wireless model that we got for something like 90 bucks at Sam's. I managed to break a few pieces over the years and the anemometer blew off in a sustained microcell, and their customer service was excellent in and out of warranty. They had individual parts so I didn't have to replace the whole thing. The wireless aspect is great as you can take the display with you around the boat... helm. MSR, etc.



You can also get good deals on reconditioned units on their site:
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:11 PM   #57
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I have had both Lacrosse and Accurite both about the same for me, barometric pressure & temp and humidity inside and out. I have a hand held wind speed indicator that works fine. Indoor humidity is a big deal here, to know when to crank up the dehumidifier.
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Old 02-05-2016, 08:33 AM   #59
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Now a wave meter... that sounds like a winner! (Is there such a thing?)
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I could build a scanning laser system for about $15,000

How important is it? One we used in a past project could give you wave height alarms and direction up to 1500 feet out.
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