I have an old Sailomat windvane
, a 3040, that uses an auxiliary rudder
in the water
in addition to the oar. It does not connect at all to the boats rudder
. It is not mounted on the boat currently.
The manual says that reinforcing the transom may be needed. Ours has a transverse foam filled reinforcement roughly halfway up the transom, from one end to the other. It is about 6 inches in height, and 1 inch in depth
, of fiberglass
. The transom fiberglass
is about .25 inches, maybe more - I need to measure it.
The vane will mount with either two or four mounting points, depending on how the mount is designed. So, am hoping that the current
reinforcement will be enough. Perhaps mounted above the existing reinforcement, but with an large aluminum
backing plate for the mounting points. It may be possible to mount one going directly thorough the existing reinforcement, after of course I have replaced the foam with epoxy
Will this be enough? The unit weights about 60 lbs, and the mounts might be another 10 lbs? This is on our Westerly Fulmar, with a displacement
of 10-12k lbs.