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Old 12-09-2018, 11:53   #1
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Rudder Behavior Under Power

I am wondering how hard should it be to steer the tiller on a full keel/rudder under power? With low throttle or Sail it moves freely and easy.

I have a Windjammer 34 which is basically a Westsail 32 in terms of the rudder configuration and a 18X11 Prop. Under power the tiller wants to move back and forth like maybe it is in prop wash. I am wanting to fit it with an autopilot using Py Pilot but am concerned something isn't quite right.
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Old 12-09-2018, 12:07   #2
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Re: Rudder Behavior Under Power

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...Under power the tiller wants to move back and forth like maybe it is in prop wash. ....
Err.... of course it is in the prop wash...

With a properly designed autopilot drive, there should be no electrical load needed to hold the rudder in one spot, so a bit of wobble back and forth will not be a problem.
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