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Warranty & Return Policy


The SailTimerâ„¢ product line of innovative navigation technology has evolved for over a decade, with innovative capabilities that have led the industry.  Our goal is to make THE best products, with better functions for sailors at lower prices.  Setting new standards.  The product family has included The Sailing GPS™, the SailTimer™ mobile app, SailTimer for Windows, SailTimer for Google Maps, the SailTimer Wind Vane™, the SailTimer Mini-Server™, and the wireless SailTimer Wind Instrument™.

We are sailors too. We put just as much craftsmanship into our software and electronics as when building the wooden dinghy above by hand.

Attention to detail... You don't want to take any shortcuts when you will be at the mercy of the elements. The products we manufacture have the best possible quality, and are built to last. We take pride in making something durable and innovative, and we stand behind it. Your success is our success.

No-Questions-Asked Return Policy:  If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase or pre-order of the Wind Instrument or Air Link, just return the unit in original condition or cancel a pre-order within 14 days for a full refund.  (Within 14 days of the original product being received or the original pre-order, whichever is earliest.)  There is no restocking fee.  For cancelling pre-orders, we order parts and incur manufacturing, equipment and labor costs based on your order.  So beyond 14 days, like many retailers, we offer a full store credit, exchange or gift certificate.

Warranty in plain language:  We guarantee that the Wind Instrument or Air Link is free from defects in manufacturing and assembly for one year from when it is shipped to you.

If any such defect is found, please email Customer Service at the Contact link below.  We will verify the problem and provide a replacement part, or a shipping address so that you can exchange your unit for a replacement. In no case shall SailTimer Inc. be liable for more than the original purchase price of the product.  These terms may change without notice.

Battery care and solar charging is out of our control as the manufacturer, and is not covered by the warranty.  But you can monitor battery levels proactively using the battery gauge in the API. 

The Wind Instrument contains a digital compass for wind direction.  It cannot be magnetized, although other metal parts in the Wind Instrument could be. The digital compass is an amazingly sensitive micro-sensor, and gives the most accurate wind direction when kept away from magnets, speakers, electric motors and other magnetic fields. The casing on the battery in the tail is steel, so should be kept at least 3 cm away from loose wind cups (which have a magnet in the flange) and the magnet in the blue cap for the off-switch.  The company has no control over this, so magnetization issues are not within the scope of the warranty.  Putting the Wind Instrument in a carry-on bag and sending it through an X-ray at airport security is not covered by warranty, since it may also stop the digital compass from working correctly.  However, if small adjustments are needed, a simple solution is to use the Compass Quadrant Adjustment in the API to fine-tune directions in the digital compass.

The thinner Wind Instrument design introduced in 2016 has a blue cap on the tail that is used to trigger the off-switch.  That allows you to put the Wind Instrument in storage for the winter. It still functions in temperatures below freezing, but the resin on the tail may be affected.   For many years of happy operation, we recommend storing the Wind Instrument above freezing in the winter.  Effects of freezing temperatures are avoidable, so are not part of the warranty.  The tail has intentionally been designed to be as thin and light as possible. 

Sawing, cutting, or otherwise opening the case, hardware or electronics in the SailTimer Wind Instrument, the SailTimer Air Link or other SailTimer products voids the warranty and warranty service.  We may not be able to diagnose any problems if a customer alters or cuts open the product, or damages the delicate electronics when doing so (e.g., from force, improper effects on firmware, or electro-static discharge).  Please simply use the customer service email to discuss any technical support or warranty service.

The coating on the tail of the 3rd-generation Wind Instrument can take on an amber tint in strong sunlight over time.  There is just a very thin film over the solar panels, which are primarily made of crystal-clear epoxy.  So an amber tint does not affect the solar charging and is not a warranty issue..

Replacements for broken wind cups can be ordered on the Accessories page.  If a storm winds damage or cause wear and tear on the bearing mechanism, the cup blades won't break but the cup spinning may start to make sound.  This may be an Act of God rather than a manufacturing defect covered under warranty.  As a courtesy, during your warranty period we can provide or install replacement wind cups at no charge if you cover shipping to your location.

The electronics in the Air Link are designed to be sealed so they are durable and waterproof. The only metal parts exposed are in the green wiring connector terminals. However, if you need the Mini-Server to be submersible, you would want to caulk over the seams and openings on the green wiring terminals.  How you do that is out of our control though, so the Air Link is not guaranteed against water damage -- although obviously we tried to protect it as much as possible by sealing it in solid plastic.


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