Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sacrificial anode / locking system for wheel


woodsdeborah_56 <woodsdeborah_56@...>
 

Howard

We have been researching wind vane steering. I personally will only
fit a steering system that provides a seperate rudder. I have used
Sailomat in the past with a water driven servo arm and its own
rudder.Recently have discovered the Hydrovane system
www.hydrovane.com. This British/Canadian company appears to provide a
reliable system that does not require much adjustment take a look at
the website and let us know what you think. I think you could use it
from the cockpit although the lines would be long its one simple
endless line.
I am a believer in non power solutions to self steering if possible
and the extra rudder could be useful.

Deb
Orion1 Maramu#42

--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Howard Berger"
<svresolute@...> wrote:

We'd also be interested as well in hearing owners' wind vane
solutions.

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
Joel noted?

Best regards,
Howard Berger
s/v Jazz, Maramu 144
--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "woodsdeborah_56"
<woodsdeborah_56@> wrote:

I do not want to labour the point but I wonder if anyone in the
group
has fitted wind vane it would be good to hear how you found it

Many thanks

Deb and John
Orion1


--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "woodsdeborah_56"
<woodsdeborah_56@> wrote:


Thanks for that Joel I am suprised that only 10% have had wind
vane
steering. The system that we are considering would provide a
second
rudder shoud we lose the first but point noted and we will have
to
give it some thought

Deb
Orion 1



--- In amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com, "Joel Potter"
<jfpottercys@> wrote:

There is no anode in the 4-154 cooling system .I had a
client
put
one in
and it never got any smaller even years later .Perhaps it is
a
good
thing to
consider that less than 10% of the Amels that have
circumnavigated
(that we
know of) have wind steering systems .Most voyagers use dual
autopilots
.Experience is the best teacher .
Do not tighten the friction knob on the bottom of the Morse
steering system
any tighter than to finger tight .It was not intended to be a
lock
and
replacement parts are nearly nonexistent .Use a bungee cord
through
the
wheel to lessen the wheels movement if need be .

All the best,
Joel F. Potter

Joel F. Potter - Cruising Yacht Specialist, LLC
Amel's Sole Associate for the Americas
Mailing Address: 401 East Las Olas Boulevard #130-126
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 462-5869 Fax: (954) 462-3923
Email: jfpottercys@



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