We currently have a Simard TP32 Tillerpilot, and no wind
instrument. The unit documentation
states that if you have both wind
speed input, you can use the TP to steer relative to the wind.
Has anyone ever used this, and if so how did it work In comparison to a wind vane
Here is the bigger question, and background. I have a Sailomat
that needs refurbishment. This is a unit that uses an auxiliary rudder
. The entire mechanism is heavy, about 60lbs. More with mounts that need to be made. After mounting the arch and solar panels
, we are concerned about adding more weight to the rear of the boat. The Fulmar has some good buoyancy in the rear, but all of the water
(36gal) and fuel
(24gal) is behind the engine
. There is also a currently unused system of THREE extra fuel tanks
back there, 11,11 and 12 gallons with a transfer/polishing system, that the original owner installed for a Caribbean cruise
. We will be adding some more water storage
, either in the bow, or under the settees.
So, what to do, what to do. Add wind vane
, and try to use the tiller pilot to wind steer? Install the Sailomat
and remove one of the tanks
(needed to remove at least to install) saving a bit of weight, or remove all three tanks, transfer system and hoses, saving perhaps 40lbs?
uses ~1/3 of a gallon an hour. at this rate, 24 gallons = 73 hours of motoring.
We are looking at cruising the east coast
, and Caribbean
. I think the Sailomat would be only really useful in the Carribean and beyond, if we ever get to beyond.
Since we have an unprotected spade rudder
, the Sailomat would add an emergency