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Old 24-01-2008, 08:55   #16
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I also made the decision of an AP instead of a wind vane for a number of reasons, the #1 was the ease of use, push a button and the rest is done.. Many times While at the wheel, I head below to grab a bite to eat or visit the head and theres no set up.. just push the button.. The unit ( a linnear drive) is tyed into the chart plotter and smart pilot.. In following seas, its reacting to the movement almost before its happened, There is concern about the amount of elect. that it uses but with the solar and wind charger, the concern is little.

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Old 24-01-2008, 21:09   #17
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Originally Posted by henryk View Post
And this is when you hook up the tiller pilot to your vane.
This is the answer for the varying wind angle. Replace the wind blade with the tillerpilot and take advantage of the low power draw of the tillerpilot to change the angle of the paddle to steer the boat to a compass setting.

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