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Hi Glayva,I have used Windpilot Pacific on two boats, a Rival 34 and a Jeanneau 42 and a Windpilot Pacific Light on a UFO27. I have also used an Aries and a Monitor on two different long keel boats. Of all the Windvane Steering systems I've used I like the Windpilot best, mainly because of the way it bolts onto the transom and doesn't move. Of all the systems I've tried it seems to be the most robust. I had a complete knock down mid Atlantic in a F10 with the Windpilot Pacific Light and it was the only thing above decks that was not damaged, although it was knocked off course.
Yes, the only one easily accessible is on teh Windpilot site here:Hi Glayva,
Do you have any pics you could post of the installation on your UFO 27 ?
Hello Mac, is it you on the outside?An excellent bit of kit, as others have said. I did an Atlantic circuit with one, mostly single-handed, without the sightest problems. In all it sailed around 20,000 miles without a significant malfunction.
Peter Forthmann, owner of the company, is a mine of information and was always helpful.
Prego!No, but GRAZIE ... David
Thanks for that, was vaguely considering getting wind vane self steering gear for my own boat (UFO 34) which has a very similar transom.Yes, the only one easily accessible is on teh Windpilot site here:
I find that I can get teh windpilot to work in a following wind down to 2 knots[apparent]. The issue is really with waterspeed as unless you are doing about 1.5 knots there is not enough force to move the paddle. With the Pacific Light I had to use a bit of bungy to keep the windvane upright in very light winds as I felt the counterweight was a bit light, no such problems with the Pacific itself.I was shipmates on an S&S Swan 40 fitted with a Windpilot. It wasn't bad provided the wind was at least 10kts and hull speed 4kts. It's inability to work in the lightstuff earned it the nickname of 'The sulky Hun'. The poor light weather performance is probably down to the fact it has simple bushes rather than ball bearings like the Monitor. In any event The Windpilot was brilliant compared to the POS Hydrovane that my current boat has.