Hey, guys- I haven’t been able to locate a thread describing this, but does anyone have a simple solution to adding a wind transducer to the masthead on an original Ballenger mast? My masthead is already occupied with a tri-color nav light, vhf antenna and windex, but there doesn’t to be much more room for a wind transducer. I am guessing a plate may be needed to accommodate more “stuff”, so I am wondering if there is something that most Olson’s are using. Here is a photo of one of the transpac guys (please ignore the stuffed animal..)
I used a strip of aluminum. Screwed it into the top and extended it out the front. Make it thick enough to avoid bounce. A double piece would avoid bounce if bolted hard. About an 8″ strip by 1″ should do it. 5″ on the mast and 3″ out front. That’s my recollection, not actual!
I notched the bottom of the light to fit over the aluminum. Mounted the antenna on the side of the mast. Windex aft of the light.
I just went through this myself.
I got the antenna off to the side, and replaced the light with LED, that can have wind vane screwed in on the top and got the B&G junk on a center line forward. Hope this helps.