Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
My new boat has hydraulic steering
. Apparently do to slip in these systems, conventional servo-pendulums do not work well. I has been suggested to me to get a Sayes Rig. As luck would have it I have most of the parts
for one and being a former toolmaker and access to shops, I could patch it up.
Does anyone have direct experience with these units? How are they in light airs. How are they compared to a Monitor
accuracy and reliability
? Does that moment arm off the rudder
cause any problems?
Worthless. My Westsail 32 had a Sayes Rig on it when I bought it in the BVI. I sailed the boat from there straight into Charleston SC, singlehanding
. The Sayes Rig would not steer the boat. I could set the Sayes Rig however I wanted and it didn't make any difference, the boat did whatever it wanted. Finally I just set the sails
and the boat tracked nicely with its full keel
The Sayes Rig won't steer in light airs or heavy airs. I'm sure Monitor and Aires will steer accurately, Sayes Rig does not steer. (For me, the ONLY wind
steerers that work are the servo-pendulum steerers, and they work well.) The moment arm off the rudder does not cause any problems.
If a Sayes Rig is set up, the only reason a boat is going in the right direction is because the sails
are set right.
When I got into a boatyard for a refit
, the first thing I did was get rid of the Sayes Rig and get a Cape Horn.