Spend enough time sailing and you’ll eventually lose your masthead anemometer. Sometimes big winds or storms will take them out; seabirds also think they’re a handy place to perch. When it breaks or needs replacing, wouldn’t it be nice to simply remove the old anemometer and screw in the new one, no wires or connectors involved? For years, Tacktick has been making high-quality, wireless, solar-powered wind instruments that has earned it a strong international following. Recently, it introduced its MN30 kit, which is being positioned as a lower-cost, entry-level alternative to the more expensive models. The masthead unit is still wireless and solar-powered, but the display head taps into your boat’s 12-volt battery. The head displays true and apparent wind, as well as wind direction.
$729. Ocean Equipment; 949-588-1470.