Thanks guys. I have lowered the rudder and the mechanism now engages properly. Unfortunately it's now about 40cm lower than it should be. With the auxiliary rudder and the servo-pendulum in their folded-up position they are both just out of the water
which is good. Unfortunately when underway the pivot mechanism with all its little greased springs and stuff is under water. I guess i'll just have to grease it very, very regularly with some really heavy grease and hope for the best. Worst-case scenario i can take it to a machine shop while i'm still in the relatively well-appointed Atlantic for the next few months and get the shafts cut, shortened and re-welded.
It's good to hear from those of you that have some experience with having these things mounted too low. It's a shame about all that extra drag but good to know it'll still work fine.
Yes i did follow the instructions for installation
, but unfortunately those instructions assume that you're installing a vane that has been custom-designed for your boat. I, on the other hand, figured i'd save some money
mine second-hand (though it has never actually been installed on any boat) and i guess the boat it was designed for, a cheoy-lee somethingorother, has a transom that's 40cm higher than mine.
I've had experience with a monitor
servo-pendulum model and a windpilot pacific plus. I have to say i think the Pacific Plus is a better piece of equipment
than this Fleming one i've just installed. Everything just seems a little better made on the Pacific Plus. A little more rigid and the tolerances narrower which keeps things tighter.