Does anyone has experience with heaving to while the windvane
rudder/pendulum is down in the water
I have the latest model of the Aries windvane
with the possibility to tilt the rudder
up while not in use. Raising or lowering the rudder
is only possible in very calm weather
so we always put the rudder down before departure and it stays down until arrival even if the windvane is not in use. (The wooden vane is only put on the windvane if we use the windvane steering
A few times last year I was in a situation where I wanted to heave to but as always on any long passage
the windvane pendulum was down. The problem is that when heave to the pendulum get's slammed against the windvane lower 'arms/stops every time a wave passes. This generates a lot of force and I can see the whole Aries
mounting move and twist a little bit. It looks like something will break sooner or later when doing this so I switched to sailing without sails
but with the windvane steering
If really needed I can tilt the windvane pendulum up but I have to hang upside down on the stern of the boat. Not something you want to do in heavy weather
conditions when one goes heave to.
Does anyone found a solution for this problem?