Starting at $1,000; www.airmar.com
The Airmar 150WX weather station provides seven different sensors in one plug-and-play device with no moving parts for durable performance. The sensor provides data on air temperature and barometric pressure, as well as a 10-hertz GPS, compass, tilt sensors, and a relative humidity sensor. The device uses ultrasonic technology to include both true and apparent wind speed and direction in one housing. Sharing information through NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 protocols, the unit interfaces with PC WeatherCaster software for viewing and customizing the data sentences.
Installation is simple on a standard pole with 1-inch UNS or ¾-inch NPT threads.
Carrying a waterproof rating of IPX4, due to the field-serviceable humidity sensor, the unit can be splashed with water from any direction with no harmful effect. It features adjustable, unfiltered wind data to clock maximum gusts.
This article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.