Airmar Weather Station, really here and really works

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

8 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    Cute, but I fail to see how this produces better data than B&G or even Raymarine. B&G in particular has spent years calibrating their wind instruments to address updraft from the sails, etc.
    The barometer, temp and humidity are pretty simple to get from a saloon mounted instrument, I don’t see the advantage of gathering that on the top of the mast.
    This may be why they’re pursuing the powerboat market.

  2. Ralph says:

    So, can this system replace the outrageously expensive wind indicators that the other vendors sell? And put that info on a bus that can be read by all of the various displays and computers and autopilots?
    Also, how much?

  3. I see no reason they can’t incorporate AIS with this! 🙂

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Ralph, Yes this sensor can replace a standard cup’n’vane system, though at about $1,000 it’s not cheap (then again it offers a lot more data). And it can talk to multiple displays within the limits of NMEA 0183. Airmar plans an NMEA 2000 version of the WeatherStation and Maretron will soon ship a 2000 ultrasonic wind sensor. I think ultrasonics offers the potential for greater precision than standard sensors but I don’t know if either of these manufacturers has achieved that.

  5. Dave says:

    Has anyone looked at or used the Maretron DSM200 display unit? It looks similar in function to the Furuno RD30, and being newer has higher resolution and thus prettier displays. I currently have a single Raymarine ST290 Graphic display (with room for 1 more this size) and the price of the Maretron looks a lot more attactive than the Raymarine, plus it has some nifty display modes (guages, wind, GPS status) that the Raymarine can’t touch. To be fair I really like the Raymarine docking display that overlays rudder, wind, tides, heading and speed. If this product works as advertized, I could see if filling my remaining display position.

  6. Dave says:

    I forgot to add the link to some screen shots and product information:

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I have an early version of this display and it’s not very bright or contrasty, but I do understand that it has been improved. My experience with the Maretron sensors is that they do work as advertized, but do you realize that you’re getting into a NMEA 2000 network here? The ST290 is actually one of the first NMEA 2000 certified devices (Raymarine calls it SeaTalk2), so it should be able to communicate with the Maretron display and network. Say, do you have a picture of the ST290’s docking display? I too think that’s a great (and under appreciated) feature.

  8. Dave says:

    There is a screenshot of the docking display in chapter 2 of the ST290 manual which is conviently available from Raymarine in PDF format:
    Or for those who just want to see the screenshot, here is a clip from the manual:

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