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Old 14-04-2012, 11:35   #16
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Re: Dual Rudder Servo Pendulum Windvane self steering

Can the unit (the rudder) be lifted out of the water other than by removing the whole thing?

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Old 15-04-2012, 23:34   #17
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Re: Dual Rudder Servo Pendulum Windvane self steering

no but its held in place by one spring clip so it takes about ten minutes to remove it. Haven't got a photo of that bit yet
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Re: Dual Rudder Servo Pendulum Windvane self steering

We have a similar thing where the rudder remains in the water - it is great in the ocean as it seems to add to the boat's good tracking, but it is a hell in the tight marina / anchorage where it makes our turning circle too large. Let alone motoring in reverse - pure hell.

I was thinking some sort of modification (e.g. hanging the toy from a pantograph - like some outboards are) could be a smart way to improve.

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Re: Dual Rudder Servo Pendulum Windvane self steering

doesnt affect my turning circle which is pretty good but i wouldnt even try to reverse with it in place. the good thing about this type of unit is - no transmission ropes to cockpit or any other externals than what you see in the photo - nice and discreet. All thats required to hand over to the self steerer is set up sailtrim, line the windvane up to wind direction, feel the wheel into balance and lock the main rudder which i do by way of cleats on a direct aux. tiller (because my steering is an older hydraulic unit that 'creeps' i cant just lock the wheel). My original design intention was only to put the unit in place before heading out to sea and remove it when coming back into a harbour but initial testing indicates that its steady enough to be good to have in place even in harbour, frees me up to do other things. I dont think id try and enter a marina with it in place.
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