On the old boat
we had a Monitor windvane
. It was an excellent piece of equipment
and I couldn't be more satisfied. Unfortunately, there's no way we'll be able to fit a Monitor
on our center cockpit ketch
with hydraulic steering
. The alternative that we've found is the Autohelm windvane
. Now I'm looking for input from those who have experience with it. I know it's been fitted on the exct same type of boat
before so obviously it works.
I'm interested in pros and cons, bad weather/light wind
capabilities, problems when reversing etc. Does it affect your turning radius? With a 15 ton full keel
boat turning radius is already an issue even without the vane rudder
in the water
. I've already read all the info on the manufacturer's webpage and am looking for someone with hands on experience.