Thanks for the info on Hydrovane; looks like a good product. I will
check them out. I also plan to speak with Scanmar, who make the
Monitor as well as a windvane similar to the Hydrovane (auto-helm)
and another vane called the Saye's Rig. Hans always goes to the
Annapolis Boat show and he'll also be in your neck of the woods -- at
least hemisphere -- at the Southampton Boat show in September.
I'm also a believer in non-power solutions to self-steering. It
always possible to have something go terribly wrong and lose all your
batteries and electronics. A second autopilot won't be much good in
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reliable system that does not require much adjustment take a lookat
the website and let us know what you think. I think you could useit
from the cockpit although the lines would be long its one simplewind
whenvane, a servo pendulum device. The Monitor "saved our bacon"
thethe Autohelm autopilot broke our first night out of Bermuda and
wewind vane steered us all the way to the Azores. I don't see how
towould have completed our crossing, with only my wife and myself
Thethe wheel were short, not the case in a center cockpit vessel.
reachvane also needs "futzing", i.e., small adjustments that one makes
tofewthe transom). We're planning to cruise extensively in the next
unityears after our refit is done and this is a nagging problem forus.Do many of you just carry a spare autopilot control and drive
havevanesecondsteering. The system that we are considering would provide arudder shoud we lose the first but point noted and we will
istoclientgive it some thought
aagoodcircumnavigatedthing toconsider that less than 10% of the Amels that have(that weknow of) have wind steering systems .Most voyagers use dualautopilots.Experience is the best teacher .steering system
lockandthroughreplacement parts are nearly nonexistent .Use a bungee cordthewheel to lessen the wheels movement if need be .