Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced the gWind™ Wireless 2 Transducer, a new easy-to-install wind solution for masts up to 50 feet that wirelessly sends essential wind data to GNX™ Wind instruments or a compatible Garmin GPSMAP® chartplotter, eliminating the need to run wires through the mast. The gWind Wireless 2 features renowned Nexus® twin-fin technology with a three-bladed propeller, providing accurate wind speed and stable wind angle, especially in light wind conditions. It’s being announced in conjunction with a new GNX Wind Wireless Sail Pack and a GNX Wireless Wind Pack (sold separately).
“The gWind Wireless 2 is the first and only wireless wind transducer on the market that connects directly to a compatible chartplotter,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “With its easy installation and NMEA 2000 compatibility, it can be used as a standalone wind system or expanded to a full onboard network, making it easier than ever to have highly accurate wind data when and where you need it most.”
Thanks to its enhanced wireless connectivity, the gWind Wireless 2 connects wirelessly to a GNX Wind instrument, or a GPSMAP 8400/8600 or GPSMAP 7400/7600 series chartplotter; no additional black box or extra equipment required. This easy-to-install solution eliminates running cables through masts up to 50 feet. The gWind Wireless 2 features an integrated solar-charged battery system that lasts up to three years and is easily replaced.
Like all Garmin wind sensors, the new gWind Wireless 2 can be seamlessly integrated into a pre-existing system. When connected to an ANT-compatible GPSMAP chartplotter, users will also benefit from SailAssist™, a suite of advanced and easy-to-use sailing-specific features that can help users sail more effectively with on-screen laylines. Important wind data, like the new wind rose that simultaneously displays both true and apparent wind angles, is easy to see thanks to the large gauges and graphics. And for those that like to race, Pre-race Guidance provides a virtual starting line and countdown timer to make sure sailors cross the starting line at the right time.
The gWind Wireless 2 Transducer is expected to be available in Q3 2016 with a suggested retail price of £ £579.99. It will also be included in the new GNX Wireless Wind Pack that will retail for £749.99 that includes the GNX Wind instrument, and the GNX Wireless Sail Pack, which adds a GNX 20 instrument and a DST 800 smart transducer, which will retail for £1,309.99.
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