Originally Posted by leletty
Hampus, how did it go with the auto-helm in the end?
It was OK. We sailed the first 3000 M with the Autohelm alone. Then we got spare parts
for the autopilot
for use while motoring.
I had the monitor
on the previous boat and the monitor is better but didn't work with this boat. Having said that, the Autohelm is just fine.
This boat has an old fashion rig and she's a bit tricky to balance for the Autohlem while reaching, otherwise it steers nicely. The only problem we had was that our prop turbulence caused the entire rudder and stainless frame to vibrate heavily. I e-mailed a movie
of this to the manufacturer and less than a week later they had sent us diagonal support pipes. Free of charge!
By the time we got to Portugal
, our prop turbulence had cracked the diagonal pipes and we had them re-welded with reinforcements. By the time we got back home they were cracked again. I'll replace them with 6mm stainless flat iron.
Reversing was not a problem as long as we centered and locked the rudder with the centering lines. The boat was slightly more unstable while motoring and required a bit more work behind the helm
but it was no big deal.
All in all a good experience and the manufacturer gives great support and service
. We had problems with some of the other manufacturers of different gear
, but dealing with the manufacturer of the Autohelm was refreshing and the entire experience kept us happy for months.