2017 Timeframe & New Axle
The SailTimer Wind Instrument™ is the most advanced masthead anemometer worldwide (and also the lowest-priced). That combination makes it very popular, so we have moved to much larger manufacturing facilities. The next production run is underway now for the 2017 model.
But even before that rolls out, all shipments now include the new 2017 high-performance axle. This is the second generation of our AirGap axle, and it is quiet and maintenance-free. This new version for 2017 is machined to extreme levels of precision. The "tolerance" -- the amount the finished product is allowed to deviate from the design spec -- is just 0.001 inch.
The next production run is expected to start shipping through March and should catch up on all advance orders worldwide. We are working hard to get all pre-orders shipped for spring launches.
We appreciate your support. We are the underdogs here, making innovative new features for sailboat navigation at more affordable prices. SailTimer Inc. pioneered advanced navigation features like polar plot learning and Tacking Time to Destination (TTD), making them accessible to ordinary sailors. You don't need to be a sponsored race team, and you don't need a professional tactician to figure them out. We do not have the advertising budgets of the major marine electronics manufacturers who have full-page ads in every sailing magazine. But we are setting new standards, and appreciate your patience as we continue to scale up manufacturing for the sailing community worldwide.
New electronics products often require a 4-5 year timeframe. But we are moving much faster than that, and had two new generations in 2016 alone.
The retail price when the Wind Instrument is in stock is US $499. But you you can still pre-order for $350.