We'd also be interested as well in hearing owners' wind vane
Our previous boat, a Caliber 40 LRC, was fitted with a Monitor wind
vane, a servo pendulum device. The Monitor "saved our bacon" when
the Autohelm autopilot broke our first night out of Bermuda and the
wind vane steered us all the way to the Azores. I don't see how we
would have completed our crossing, with only my wife and myself
aboard, without it.
The Caliber is an aft cockpit boat so the runs for control lines to
the wheel were short, not the case in a center cockpit vessel. The
vane also needs "futzing", i.e., small adjustments that one makes
directly on it to keep it zeroed in, but I don't know how to
accomplish this from our Maramu (my arm's not long enough to reach to
the transom). We're planning to cruise extensively in the next few
years after our refit is done and this is a nagging problem for us.
Do many of you just carry a spare autopilot control and drive unit as
s/v Jazz, Maramu 144
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has fitted wind vane it would be good to hear how you found itvane
secondsteering. The system that we are considering would provide a
torudder shoud we lose the first but point noted and we will have
circumnavigatedgive it some thoughtput
(that welockknow of) have wind steering systems .Most voyagers use dualautopilots.Experience is the best teacher .steering system