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A new Nexus, and new systems

... written for Panbo by Ben Ellison and posted on Nov 28, 2006

Nexus_NXR

At METS it was announced that Nexus Marine, once a part of Silva, is now an independent operation. This won’t matter much in the U.S. where the gear has been marketed under the Nexus brand for some time (it’s a long story). What will matter is the two new instrument systems that Nexus previewed: the NXR, “unashamedly aimed at the international racing circuit and superyacht sector”, and the NX, “high-quality, compact instrumentation for the cruising sailor using technology usually associated with high-end racing systems”. The NX features a wireless connection to a (rather wild-looking) masthead wind sensor, which Nexus terms “wireless where it makes sense” (take that, TackTick!). Details should be revealed at the Miami Boat Show. In the meantime, I thought Nexus’s Web explanation of wind shear and its T.R.U.E. calibration system interesting (click on “Read more” at bottom right of main page).

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Comments

Wow, this new stuff is hot! But I need some old stuff. I'm dying to find an old Nexus Silva analog wind display (the full 360 degrees, NOT a magnified closehauled dial). I will gladly pay good money for it. Can anybody help me? If so, drop a line at charlesdoane@comcast.net

Thanks!

Posted by: cdoane at November 28, 2006 1:17 PM | Reply

I have Nexus on my boat for 8 years and have installed it on others. It is the best peforming for the $$$. Nexus gets it right with usability and interface. A+ equipment that does speak NMEA instead of some other non conforming ST language.

Posted by: GPSNavX at November 28, 2006 2:27 PM | Reply

I am not sure if we are supposed to turn this into a buy-sell-trade forum, but, I have two barely used Nexus (1) Multi displays that I purchased and never got around to installing in my old boat. They need a new home. sdubnoff@circlesys.com

Posted by: Steve at November 28, 2006 7:04 PM | Reply

Very nice looking display. I have been quite interested in the development of wireless instruments, but I was surprised to find that their performance (Tacktick's at least) was less than optimal. Here is a recent Sailing Anarhy thread where some folks share their experience:

http://www.sailinganarchy.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=22782&hl=tacktick

Posted by: Eliboat at November 29, 2006 9:00 AM | Reply

About that wireless wind sensor: In Miami I was told that the propeller-style speed spinner works in very, very light wind because unlike cups the blades always feel the pressure. The dual canted direction vanes also feel wind pressure constantly, so the output supposedly doesn't need the same amount of dampening as a twitchier single vane. Both points made sense to me (but possibly because they were explained better than I just did ;-)

Posted by: Ben at February 15, 2010 3:17 PM | Reply

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