Success! We have wind speed and direction. The anemometer is firmly fixed to the top of the mast and the cable is run. Apart from a broken tap, the tapping was eventually scrapped in favor of screws, the procedure went fairly smoothly.
Now, if we can only figure out why the wind speed only works when the AIS/VHF are powered up and connected to the NMEA 2000 network? Its even more curious because the direction reads just fine, but without the AIS/VHF on, the speed just shows the signal for “incomplete or corrupt data”. Oh well, we’ll see how it goes when we have more devices connected.
Installing new wires requires pulling old ones out. There are alot of them – this photo is only the start. We also started on the Autopilot install: