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lyralicious 24-04-2009 22:47

Which windvane system should I get for my yacht?
 
We have an elderly Oyster 435. She is the coachhouse version, is ketch (over)-rigged, with a central cockpit.

We need to get a windvane system for our planned long distance two-handed sailing (and for insurance purposes), but don't know which models we should be looking at. Can anyone suggest suitable models for our yacht?

Oh, and if you've got one for sale in the vicinity of Turkey please send me a private message!

Many thanks

Celestialsailor 25-04-2009 00:23

If its a center cockpit and the aft cabin had the rudder post under the double berth, then a Cape Horn might be the best bet. That way you do not need the control lines cluttering up everything on deck.

cal40john 25-04-2009 05:17

autohelm

http://www.selfsteer.com/products/autohelm/index.php

and hydrovane

Self Steering - Hydrovane Selfsteer

are possibilities.

John

dkall 25-04-2009 07:20

We have a Sailomat. Handles the helm better than either of us. The new version of Sailomat has not control lines. Has an independent rudder. I have their product but have no other connection to the company.

cal40john 25-04-2009 11:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by dkall (Post 277266)
We have a Sailomat. Handles the helm better than either of us. The new version of Sailomat has not control lines. Has an independent rudder. I have their product but have no other connection to the company.

I looked through their website, even the newest design still looks like the servo pendulum they've always made, just upgrades in bearings, weight, etc.

Sailomat

John

feelsgood 25-04-2009 13:52

Having spent alot of time researching this subject I would recommend the Cape Horne with a centre cockpit

witzgall 25-04-2009 17:24

The original Sailomat, model 3040, has a rudder. I'm rebuilting one right now.

Chris

Quote:

Originally Posted by cal40john (Post 277312)
I looked through their website, even the newest design still looks like the servo pendulum they've always made, just upgrades in bearings, weight, etc.

Sailomat

John


cal40john 25-04-2009 18:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by witzgall (Post 277377)
The original Sailomat, model 3040, has a rudder. I'm rebuilting one right now.

Chris

Well I guess I didn't look at their history page.

SAILOMAT 601



John

lyralicious 27-04-2009 02:11

Some friends of ours came across a Windpilot Pacific Plus for sale in a local boat jumble and rang us while we were sailing around the bay of Fethiye... Used only once we have bought it for less than half price. How serendipitous!

It's an auxilliary rudder model, so nothing running back to the cockpit or getting in the way of the mizzen.

Thanks for all your comments.

Celestialsailor 27-04-2009 09:56

Good choice


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