Hi Purchased a South Atlantic windvane
2.5 months ago, on the proviso that the thing was shipped to Panama
by DHL worldwide express, It wasnt and cost me my canal transit and 400$ for someone to look for it ...He sent it DHL Deush Post no tracking number once it left Europe
and then handed over to Panama
Post 5 weeks waiting originally told 8 dys thats why i paid for it before i left Australia
on the condition that it would be sent the correct way "it wasnt" Colon post office is not a pleasant place believe me.Ive had no opology from the "team" at South Atlantic... The team also didnt respond to my pleas of help when the intial euporia experienced when it finally arrived were replaced by frustration and anger the mounting bracket only sat flush with the transom on one side as the two legs of cast crap werent at 90 degrees on the otherside and so all the tension was/is being point loaded on the corner bit that is on the transom.The backyard manufacturers of this unit werent interested the sand mouldings casts are done in Argentina
in some shed then shipped to Germany
where they have a south atlantic German stamp on them i can send photos of the quality if anybodies interested with holes and pits throuout the units mouldings they also use hard plastic bushings which Dont fit properly so alot of movement and play which they overcome by putting black silicon underneath this on mine has already pealed away. I only wish i would have bought the Monitor
two years old i could have got from a fellow cruiser complete with wheel
adaptor , pullies, thelot for 2,000 instead of paying these jerks 3,000 for this piece of crap iam currently in Ecuador
trying to fix it as it has a stainless bolt thats bent and the rudder
stays at 25 degrees oneway the South Atlantic team are unavailable and the Manual is as good as useless as its been translated from German and Norwegian as these guys speak very bad English
O and i left out the part that the wheel
adaptor didnt fit my wheel so i had to modify that as well, Jesus do yourself a favour and dont buy one of these things Nightmare.
if anybody has one and knows if the bolt at the bottom of the pushrod is supposed to be bent please let me know .