I love Garmin! When I was a young man (back before electricity was invented) I owned a BMW 2002. It had been, in the parlance of the day "breathed upon." Very "breathed upon." It was my pride and joy. One day the turn signal flasher burned out. I went to Gert (my German mechanic, of course) to purchase a new flasher module. It was $35 - in the seventies. I said, I can purchase a bimetallic flasher for my Chevy for $1.98. Why so expensive? Gert said, "Mr. Jones, that flasher isn't precise, why, the flashes will not be the same length. Your flasher contains a chip that will make sure every flash is the same duration, as is the time between the flashes." What could I do, I paid the money. So how does this relate to Garmin?
The last part of my install was to put in a new Garmin GWS 10 Marine Wind Sensor. After getting it mounted on top of the mast and running the wires I plugged it into my NMEA 2000 network. Not only did I get wind speed and direction, I now have air temperature and atmospheric pressure. But the cool thing was how Garmin realized that I had to thread the wire down the mast. So of course one end had no connector. But it was pre-cut with the tinned wires the exact length to fit in the field installable connector necessary to complete the connection. Nice job Garmin.
I should say that between Reboot, Gypsysails, and a couple of friends that I have spent so much time on the top of masts that I have become immune. I realized yesterday that I go up in 20 to 25 knot winds and just work on stuff. Weird, as its a long way down (60 feet in the case of Reboot.) When I realized that I now use both hands to work, rather than hold on with one and work with the other it was pretty weird.
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