Garmin gWind 2 Wireless Transducer

 

We first wrote about the Garmin gWind Wireless in the March, 2014 Tech Talk article.  This wireless wind transducer eliminates the need to run wires down the mast and incorporates a solar panel on the transducer arm with internal-charged batteries that last three years.

Garmin has just announced the release of the gWind Wireless 2 Transducer for masts up to 50 feet.  Like the older version, it wirelessly sends data to GNX Wind instruments or a compatible Garmin GPSMAP chartplotter.  The big difference is that the gWind 2 connects to the 74/7600 and 84/8600 series or the GNX wind via ANT+ rather than pairing to the GND 10 and WSI Box, no more black box required. This results in better connectivity to Garmin units and gets a larger line of sight connection to the units

gWind 2 also includes SailAssist, a suite of advanced and easy-to-use sailing specific features that can help users sail more effectively with on-screen laylines. Important wind data, like the new wind rose that simultaneously displays both true and apparent wind angles, is easy to see thanks to the large gauges and graphics. And for those that like to race, Pre-race Guidance provides a virtual starting line and countdown timer to make sure sailors cross the starting line at the right time.

 

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Makes it easier than ever to have highly accurate wind data when and where you need it most
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NMEA 2000 compatible
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Stand-alone wind system or expanded to full onboard network
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It is being announced in conjunction with the new GNX Wind Wirelss Sail Pack and GNX Wireless Wind Pack.
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Not compatible with GNT 10
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Still have to climb up the mast to install however the battery is solar charged and lasts up to 3 years

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