SJ23 Tech Tip E20, (Created 2023-08-07) Bob Schimmel, Ron van Amsterdam


B&G Triton2 Wind Sensor for Siesta - Solar Powered.
INDEX - Installation, Parts.

It is always nice to show the apparent wind on the bulkhead of your boat, especially if the display can show other relevant data that a simple masthead Windex cannot show.  Having a wireless connection between the display and the solar powered masthead sensor eliminates the need for in mast wiring.  These are only some of the reasons why Ron installed the B&G Triton2 speed/depth/wireless wind pack.  The display is multi functional in that other devices can be connected to expand the system to monitoring and control a sail boat.  This package is quite complete and well thought out. 

Its unfortunate the water was glass smooth on the morning we took Siesta out for a float to evaluate this recent addition.  So to force a display change we simply pulled the rudder while motoring.  View the short video here.  I detected no delay in the True or Apparent wind indication, which is always a good thing.


Ron installed the display on a UHMW backing board as a technique for sealing a previous instrument hole.  The display is bright and easy to read, even with direct sunlight on it as shown here.  Depressing the function switch on the left changes the operating mode to suit an immediate requirement.  The data shown on each screen is configurable to suit the user and the requirements of the sailing area.   The mosquito was not part of the installation package!



This is Ron's first year of sailing with the Triton2, so he thought the Windex wasn't required and didn't install it.  With the wind pointer ahead of the mast it is out of sight from the helmsman.  Old habits die hard, so next year it will go back on the mast as back up.  The masthead wind sensor is solar powered and the battery can function for about 2 days in cloudy weather.  It communicates with the display via the blue tooth transceiver you see at right.


Ron installed the Blue Tooth transceiver out of the way on the port side of the galley where it is within cable length of the display and power wiring to the battery.  We tested the Blue Tooth at installation time to have an operating range of ~100'.  This was done to dispel any fears of marginal communications to the masthead wind sensor.  Logic "pairing" to the display is retained during power off for winter storage.  Bonus.


The functions the B&G Triton2 can perform shown at left.  The Self Steer requires additional hardware.  Unfortunately we did not have wind to show them operational.

Speed, depth and water temperature are measured by the Triducer sensors shown below.

Power - The power consumption is quite low as Siesta only has a 6A charger on the 6HP Mercury outboard that Ron pull starts.  Battery drain has not been a problem.    TOP  



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