Ask PYS: Weather Solutions

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Does PYS Offer Consulting Services?, on Aug 16, 2016 asked:

I have seen your YouTube videos of the boat show classes. Nice work! You are knowledgeable. Since I am in San Diego, I cannot come in and see you, but am wondering if you are available for hire as a consultant? My wife and I are having a 53 foot offshore sailing catamaran built that we plan to circumnavigate. I specified B&G over Raymarine, since I have heard from multiple sources that Raymarine’s quality was low over the past few years, but is now improving under FLIR. However, I hear B&G is still good quality, fewer repairs. In addition, B&G has a plant in Ensenada, Mexico which is 70 miles away. I am not an engineer, therefore my trade-off is to have less bells and whistles and/or “technical” systems in exchange for fewer repairs and quality construction since we are going to be in remote places and I don’t want to deal with repairs in or out of civilization. The builder will install the chosen system and space is available for any size. Can I hire you for your advice? -Bryan

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Dehumidifiers for Winter - Andy, on Dec 28, 2014 asked:

Do you recommend a dehumidifier on the boat during the winter? At present we have two small heaters, one in the engine room with the hatch open so that some warm air can rise into the salon and the other in the lazaret where the batteries are. If a dehumidifier is the way to go, could you recommend a size and a brand? I have been looking at them in various stores, but they seem all to be designed for homes and too large for boats. Someone advised to get one that fits in the sink so the water will drain straight out. I have not seen one like that.

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Alan – Masthead Wind Transducer, on Aug 10, 2014 asked:

I am a 9 to 5 working guy with an expensive hobby; I own an old sailboat. Worse, I'm a geek, meaning that I throw money away on marine electronics as well as sailing bits. One of my worst purchases was a Raymarine ST40 wind with Rotavecta masthead unit that does not show wind direction. Now, masthead wind transducers are simple enough devices and I do have some skills, both electronic and mechanical, so I am thinking about just building my own. While the electronic part is simple enough, the actual mechanics could be tricky. So I am looking for some stunningly cheap masthead unit with either the cups and the vane or just the vane itself. It's the mechanics I'm hoping I do not have to reproduce. So, if you have anything like that laying around, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

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