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  1. #1
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    Default Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    I've managed to beg, borrow and steal (ok, not quite steal...) 900euros for self-steering equipment. The only problem is, you can't get self-steering for 900euros, unless you strike it lucky on some forgotten ebay auction, and to be honest, I don't have the time wait about for such a thing.

    Other than spending 400euros on a Simrad TP22 or similar (a Raymarine ST1000 has already been broken on my boat) are there any genuine alternatives? I'm stuck here in Amsterdam until I sort something out, and it's killing me.

    Any inspiring stories about Simrad's or similar making effortless long journeys without breakage are welcome - I suspect they are far and few between however...

    If you have a windvane and you want to sell it, I will buy it off you today.

    nick.
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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    There are some interesting ideas at http://pearsonariel.org/discussion/s...ead.php?t=1115

    And here is a book from Amazon about windvanes, apparently with a chapter on how to build one yourself : http://www.amazon.com/Windvane-Self-.../dp/0071434690

    Although this book might perhaps be a better buy :
    http://www.amazon.com/Self-steering-.../dp/0877420424

    Could be worthwhile keeping tabs on this forum :
    http://www.cruisenews.net/forum/viewforum.php?f=62

    You should be able to get a Contessa 26 fairly well balanced on most points of sail, thus meaning that if you did acquire a Simrad autopilot, and treat it carefully, it should not have to work too hard, and hence should last a while (?).
    A lovely Jeanneau SO 40 here in Barbados is looking for a new Custodian.....PM for details

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    Like you say secondhand windvane selfsteering units rarely become available but try here http://cruisenews.net/cgi-bin/classi...g.pl/read/1189 its an old webpage and they are probably sold by now but nothing ventured . . . . .

    If you can't find a windvane why not buy two simrads and still have enough euros for the busfare back from the chandlery.
    Dinner without wine is like summer without sunshine.

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    Not sure of the current price but I fitted an autohelm 2000 to the folkboat and it worked very well, so well it convinced me that the main problem with tiller pilots is that they are way over-rated. Confirmed by the fact that I now have a 4000 wheel pilot on a 32fter which should be just about in range and it is useless exept in flat calm way to slow a response. The wind vane as you say is the better option but hard to get. The navik would be perfect, I use one as the main pilot and it works fine even on 6.5 ton, current price is 1160 so in theory a secondhand one should be in you price range except they are so scarce... I would be tempted to get a tiller pilot for now and the keep your eyes open (always worth having an electric motor for calms - I HATE under engine)

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    Since you are in Holland anyhow, why not build one yourself. Google "Bouvaan". It's a dutch designed DIY windvane. If I r3member correctly, the guy lives in Arnhem and you can probably pick up the pieces at his home and he may be able to give you advice how to build it.

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?



    "a Raymarine ST1000 has already been broken "

    I think you went a size too small - as I did. Much more success now with the larger size.
    Ken

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    MrVee

    Windvane self-steering for self assembly
    Starting at only 879.-- or
    738.66 ex VAT outside EU

    http://www.mistervee.com/

    The guy who makes these is based in Holland as well (Arnhem) - might be worth a trip to see him.

    Good luck!

    Nick

    http://www.znoy8.co.uk/

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    Default Re: Genuine alternatives to a windvane?

    Thanks everybody - I ended up selling my soul on ebay and buying a Windpilot. Should arrive next week, and then I need to contend with getting the thing mounted [img]/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    The kit windvanes are good - But the Bouvaan requires 60-100 hours work, plus 4hrs of tig welding. Mr Vee looks good though...

    n
    Another blog about sailing. www.bigoceans.com

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