Originally Posted by JazzyO
But if the device turns out to be crap, you will hear it from me. No need to be so cynical.
Just a little report on the Watt&Sea so far. It's been a disappointing buy, it has to be said. First of all it took many engineers to tell me if the thing was working or not. Turns out that the charger
unit will only charge if the voltage drops below 12.8 volts, which in my case happens rarely. In any case that means that it can't charge my batteries to full condition, only to about 70%.
We can live with that, however. The main problem is that this device's lifting system has been designed by an imbecile. It is utterly impossible to raise or lower the device whilst sailing, unless I go and climb out on the transom. This is because you have to pull the line vertically, you cannot pull it at an angle. What makes it worse is that the device pivots when you pull the line. Clearly whoever thought this up never has seen a raked transom and he/she thought all sailors can stand directly above the device when lowering or raising it. But even so, the cleat that is supposed to hold the line and thus keep the device down against the force of the water
is woefully inadequate and fails to hold it either up or down (hence the yellow line in the picture that we use to prevent it falling down). We have already tried using a thicker line but so far we have had no success. Begs the question how the Vendee Globe boys do this with water
pressures at 3 times the speed I am doing.
I'm sure the device works well for some people but for me it is utterly useless until I engineer
a mechanical solution for lowering and raising it. So far, it has been €6000 euro (including installation) down the drain.
See, I told you that if it was crap I would relate my experience.