I've a full set of B&G Network instruments which work well. I've noticed the masthead wind sensor unit is a bit stiff, not working particularly well in light airs. Not that this is much of a problem as I'm mostly interested in the wind and direction when it's 12kts+ (spinnaker) and 20kts+ (reefing).
(Images from http://www.bandg-service.com/WIND_sensors.html)
The unit is a Brookes and Gatehouse 283 type. This has been superseded with the 496 type.
The issue is I've been quoted over £400 for the MHU replacement. I'm quite miffed at this given that I could get a complete MHU *and* display unit from all the other manufacturers including TacTic for under this price.
1) I've been unable to remove the cups from the unit. Is this possible? Does anyone know if it's possible to get a service kit for this? Any suggestions for servicing it?
2) I'm really reluctant to spend any money on an obsolete piece of kit, so am thinking about getting another unit - Raymarine/TacTic and interfacing it to the existing kit which is NMEA compatible. I could even mount the display unit down below. Anyone any suggestions/thoughts on this? I know the TacTic requires the purchase of a circa £230 black box to convert wireless to NMEA, but the benefit of wireless is compelling.
3) Any other options? Is there a NMEA compatible MHU? Does a Raymarine unit work with B&G?