Originally Posted by Maartster
I thought about that as well. If you use a windvane with an auxiliary rudder
you don't need a tiller and wires and just need to lock your tiller in upright position. Disadvantage of windvane is less accurate course control with coastal cruising and a device mounted to the stern.
I hope noone thinks I'm trying to steal this thread, but this is pretty much my situation. I'm just now sending in the last couple of thousand for a new Hydrovane for my Formosa
46 mid cockpit
of 17 tons. I want to send final directions for all the final options including the option to attach a autopilot tiller to the Hydrovane for steerage when running the engine
while raising/lower main and at times (unfortunately) of no wind
My question is: Which autopilots for similar windvane steerage are others using or recommending? I've found what I think is a reasonably good unit - a Raymarine
EV-100 Tiller Evolution Autopilot - T70153 Raymarine EV-100 Tiller Evolution Autopilot T70153
though it is rated for a maximum of 7.5 tons. My boat is 16-17 tons. Since one can hand steer the wind vane
in the event of loss of rudder with a short emergency
rudder, it seems this unit will be satisfactory.
Anything else I have to think about regarding auto steering?