B&G WS320 Wireless Wind Sensor

B&G WS320 Wireless Wind Sensor

At $650 the B&G WS320 Wireless Wind Sensor is not exactly a bargain, and frankly, I wish it was much more robust in its design.

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48 thoughts on “B&G WS320 Wireless Wind Sensor”

  1. I know it's just a cheap wind meter but could you run a small rope up the inside of the mast and go out the top and over down into a self aligning mount it gets pulled into I know I'm lazy too.

  2. Doug do you have to do this every time the battery wears down? Guessing solar with a battery big enough to cover for cloudy days. I assume it goes to sleep when it's not in use?

  3. Doug after I quit selling engine parts to machine shops and parts house's I moved to Roswell and married my wife.. went to work at her Dad's machine shop… the usual cyl. heads/blocks bored/honed/cranks turned.. we would get some engine or cyl. heads plus the cars or trucks where we did the R&R… we had a saying that any person that wanted to be a engineer they needed to spend 3-5 years working in the field before they would allowed to design any thing.

  4. Concrete boats are not strong, they are like eggs, and the fishing boats that raft up at a wharf, do not go on the outside of a concrete boat, because the boat will crush. I saw one in a boat yard, that had grounded on rocks, most of one side was gone. Considering that only one third of the cost of a boat is the hull, concrete was a stupid idea, because they have no resale value.

  5. you have power to the lights on the mast! Why not connect the wind sensor to permanent power! There is adapters that can reduce power from 12V to 9 or what ever power the Wind sensor uses!

  6. Doesn't appear that you'll have to put up with that sensor battery for very much longer. Once it wriggles out of the four or five wraps of e-tape you've got goin' on, nothing will stop it from flying into the ocean where it belongs

  7. A buddy and I had to climb the mast and walk out to the end of the yardarm on a navy minesweeper, while underway, to remove the wind speed direction indicator when the casting broke.
    Salt air is hard on certain metals!
    Only blue water under us!

    Sure had a good view!

  8. Really enjoying seeing Seeker come together, Doug. I definitely agree about experience and engineering, I worked the trades for many years and was fond of saying "No Scribbler should be allowed to pick up a pencil until he puts down his tools!" I could tell you some tales about the enginerding I've run into over the years! LOL

  9. Doug, have you considered running a pair of wires down to the bottom of the mast so that battery changes could be easier? Just a thought and it may not be feasible.

  10. I remember I didn't say "Hey, put the tractor seat on top of the mast", it was yourself and a darn good idea for a yourself idea. I'd never be able to sit up there, anything over 8 ft and I'm toast, fall all the way to whatever I hit and go "Smooshies"… Happy Holidays Ya'll!!

  11. I'm currently in school for mechanical engineering so i can design sailboats, definitely noticed a difference between the product engineers and the mechanical engineers already. And it's kinda funny how many of my teachers have told me " you are not X engineer so you will never use this again" I'm glad they are honest with it.

  12. So as an FYI you should tie up a fishing line harness on the Sender. they have a history of falling off. If you make a harness at least you will not loose it. If you get to St. Petersburg look me up I would love to help if needed.

  13. I love the channel and have been following for years, but I do need to say that if you want something engineered for either your specific use case or a universal use case, then you need to pay for it.

  14. have always enjoyed your channel Doug, think I saw that your wind instrument display is the triton 3 like mine, wanted to mention BandG put out an update that will put the A for apparent direction on your rose, just like the T
    go online with your system, and it will offer to update for you

  15. Why do I picture Doug rigging up a line to control the hydraulics so he can lift himself? Then he will think about using the crane winch so he can use the remote.
    Lord knows I might give it a shot.

  16. I finally figured out Neil's accent he's a Bluenose I have friends here in BC Canada from NS. Anything to do with marine costs a lot of money, a guy can't cheap out on navigation and weather monitoring equipment.

  17. I have a wireless spotlight on my boat. The '"ireless" part is only the control commands to the light meaning there is no wiring directly connecting the two. I provide 12 volts at the light and 12-volts at the control panel for it. I also have a walk-around battery powered remote controller for the light. So, for your anemometer let me suggest you might do like I did for my spotlight – tap off the voltage supplying something else (like your masthead lights) with an appropriate voltage reducer wired to the battery terminals in the anemometer so you never have to climb the mast to replace the batteries cuz that's just nutz, brother.

  18. I use those shrink connections too, but mostly only when I need a quick fix or I can't get a soldering tool in there safely. Or when the length of the wires us to short to put on a conventional shrink. They work great. But first timers should get some extra because they work best if you heat them up just long enough, too cold and your connection isn't great, too long and you ruin the insulation, and they don't like reheating. But they are a must have in a tool box. You never know when you need them. That and a lighter and you're set.

  19. I have been following you for a long time. I do actually work in R&D at Navico (we make the B&G products). I agree with your issues. I had similar issues with the WS320 on my boat because of similar reasons and I think you have a good solution which we maybe should recommend for those situations. But I can say that we have tried the WS320 on real life boats quite a lot 🙂 We always do before we release anything. But we do not always manage to test the same conditions as all of our sailors have unfortunately. And I do occasionally play video games but I have also lived on boats for a big part of my life, does those things counteract each other? I have forwarded your video to some of my colleagues. We appreciate the input!

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