Re: Windvane advise

smiles bernard

hi there Martin

I am a big fan of windvanes and put one on our maramu last year
on my old boat (30ft) we had a monitor
this time we chose a hydrovane as we used on on a family boat before and they are really good
The monitor will require lines lead to the wheel - which i'm sure will work but will need some thought 
i mainly went for the hydrovane as it does not drive the main rudder. you lock the main rudder off and the hydrovane takes over - so acts as a completely separate and spare rudder system which was a big draw for us on long haul journeys as a back up

we routed the hydrovane pole through our swim step and that worked well. We also bought the longer shaft version so the whole vane part was positioned just level with our solar arch.

The monitor rudder swings side to side as it steers - so i'm sure youve been thinking about how that might work  with your swim platform

We have stopped using the electric autopilot for all but motoring (which we avoid if at all possible)
it was such a relief to get rid of the noise of the electric autopilot and its inherent complexity

The SM have a wonderful redundant autopilot system so i can totally understand that for SMs a Windvane might be overkill but once you have sailed across an ocean with a windvane silently helming for weeks on end its hard to entertain anything else - wonderful inventions.

Good luck fitting yours - i'd be interested to hear how that goes


On Thursday, February 27, 2020, 04:45:20 PM GMT, martin haméline <marafiki37@...> wrote:


I just bought an Amel Maramu in Martinique and am selling my Rafiki 37 in San Diego.
I have a new Monitor Windvane and am thinking I should transfer it to the Maramu.  Scanmar of Monitor says they have put monitors on Santorum boats

I love the quiet energy efficiency of the monitor.  I do have a fold down swim platform and a dinghy davit on the Maramu which Scanmar says won’t be a problem.
Appreciate your opinions and advice.


Martin Hameline
SV VoileOVent

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