Hearty greetings to you all. Im a new-one in this community. Thanks for having me.
I sail a Wylo2 gaffer in the Cape of storms, out of Saldanha Bay Yacht Club.
I love the boat
but sitting flat on my but at the tiller all the time isn't fun. I'm an "old school" sailor so a wind vane steering
system is going to happen soon!
Commercial wind vane steering
gears are just not available here or are just too expensive to import
Compounding matters is if I were to buy and import
one of the commercially available units to relieve me at the helm
, which one and how will it work
on a Wylo?
Looking at the original drawings of the Wylo self steering
system on the web I note certain details lacking and research
tells me things have moved on since then.
I am a dab hand in the workshop so have finalised the design and have built a prototype that proves my concept
Now here is the crux of my request from you all for some modern input.
I will use a horizontally pivoted vane driving a trim tab on the transom hung rudder
At what angle off the horizontal are modern vanes mounted? I see anything from horizontal to 20 degrees in what I can find to read.
Please tell me what unit you use and the angle the vane is to horizontal?
I am afraid the theory of why this offset angle is so important is a bit vague in my one cell brain so if anyone could enlighten me there I'd be forever indebted...
Wishing you all fair winds in your sails!