I am also interested in a windvane
for my Prout. However, as Gord mentioned, they come with a price
of not only money
, but bulk and weight on the stern. I am not sure the acceleration problem would apply to a Prout. water
Sailing had an article about windvanes on performance boats that indicated success, but not in all situations. It was written by world cruiser Evans Starzinger, who hangs out on the Cruising World BB at times.
The hydraulic steering
of the prout could pose a problem because of the high number of turns required to get a sufficient rudder response.
It looks like the best bet would be a hydrovane
. They use their own rudder and so don't require the linkage to the wheel
. This also gives you a back up rudder.
One of the neater things I see on boats is a windvane that is driven by a tiller auto pilot. The tiller pilot provides directional input to the wind vane, but the wind vane provides the power to steer the boat. This reduces current
draw and will work when motoring. This would seem the best of both worlds.
They even have a couple of photos of Prout installations.