Hello fellow sailors!
I bought a Flemming windvane
. Their first model that looks like this.
The picture attched is from newer version, but You get the point...
I didn´t take all the measurements that well and now I´m facing a problem (it usually happens when one doesn´t take the measurements well). Or maeby a problem is a big word for it, a challenge might be a better word.
So the problem or challenge is:
In the manual they say that the vane part (in the picture N) should be in water
so that about 4 inches is above water
My boat is only 95 cm above water so when I attach the windvane
the whole rudder
part will be under water.
And my biggest question is:
What will that do? Will it affect the working of windpilot and if then how?
Solutions I have thought:
The vane is little big for my boat (40ft. 13 metric tons), so just sell it and by smaller. Not very keen on this one. The windvane looks really robust and is in good condition.
Cut the J part (in the picture) 15 cm shorter and weld it. I do not know what will happen to the function of windvane. Does not sound a good idea to my ears.
Attch the windvane somehow to reelings on the back of the boat and that way lift
the windvane up.