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Old 12-07-2016, 15:22   #1
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Auto Pilot V Wind Vane Steering

I've been reading about autopilots, garmin, raymarine v simrad and their problems.

What about a windvane steering as the primary?
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Re: auto pilot v wind vane steering

Our primary is an Aries windvane. I have a backup tiller pilot, but I wasn't able to get one large enough for our boat, so it's only used in light airs or when we're motoring.
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Re: auto pilot v wind vane steering

Vanes are great on the right boats but go to the search button as this has been discussed several times.
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I've been reading about autopilots, garmin, raymarine v simrad and their problems.

What about a windvane steering as the primary?
What's your planned use? Offshore long legs, short coastal, ??? What type of boat?
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Re: auto pilot v wind vane steering

Exactly. What about it?

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Re: auto pilot v wind vane steering

You've posted this in the multihull section of the forums.
Are you looking at putting a windvane on a multihull? If so - what boat?

There are issues with windvane steering on a multihull compared to a monohull.
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Re: auto pilot v wind vane steering

If you are crossing oceans you may want a windvane also. I've had several autopilots over the years. Tiller pilots, hydraulic, electric, ...Never had one fail. Be careful what you read on the internet. Take it all with a grain of salt and try to ferret thru what's real and not.
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Re: Auto Pilot V Wind Vane Steering

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I've been reading about autopilots, garmin, raymarine v simrad and their problems.

What about a windvane steering as the primary?
Windvanes do a good job keeping you at the same angle to the apparent wind, electronic auto-pilots usually follow a compass course. I have used a tiller-pilot attached to a windvane and a wind sensor on an autopilot. I've never blown a fuse or drained my batteries with the vane. That said, inshore it's the tiller-pilot that gets the most use.
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Re: Auto Pilot V Wind Vane Steering

Wind vanes only work on slow cats as on the faster ones apparent wind moves forward as they go faster.Making you sail big zig zags all over the ocean.
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Re: Auto Pilot V Wind Vane Steering

This relates to any fast boat, not just a cat.

On (much slower) cruising cats the challenge is not the apparent wind direction changes but the wash off and the upwash on the structure. Possibly also the challenges related to linkage (when no own rudder present on the vane unit) and to placement of the rudder (for vanes that have their own rudder).

I have seen a handful of cats with windvanes though. Would be interesting to hear what their owners say.

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Re: Auto Pilot V Wind Vane Steering

aries worked perfect on our 34' wharram cat (slow for a cat, but still a few near 200miles-runs..)
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