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Wind Pilot at last !

Adames

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Hello!
Happy day !!! It's been about two months and little by little this project finally took shape. Got this pilot second hand is now installed and functional. Can't wait to do a tryout! ⛵
 

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Hi Adames - let us know how the Hydrovane works for you! I bought one too, after a lot of talking and research. But I haven't installed it yet, and probably won't until we take Zia south to Mexico.
 
Hi Adames - let us know how the Hydrovane works for you! I bought one too, after a lot of talking and research. But I haven't installed it yet, and probably won't until we take Zia south to Mexico.
Hello Mark :
Absolutely , I'll be glad to share the experience.
 
Hello Mark
Last week it did a 50 mile trip ,.. unfortunately only played with the vane an hour and a half, that was all the time could use it .
Wind died out.
Even with a light breeze I was able to use it for a while. I would say approx 6-7 kts of breeze ( got no wind instruments ) steer my boat for that time, I was under power and had a little bit of the Genoa out. And it did steer on the light wind I had.
Look forward to have better conditions,. Also takes a bit of practice to set heading with the string ... didn't figured all out in that short try out.
It was fun anyway .
 
Awesome! It definitely takes some practice to sail with a wind vane. In the long run, it makes you a much better sailor, as sail trim is important to it being able to steer. I run the string forward all the way to the companionway so if I am below I can just reach up and adjust it a bit.
 
Awesome! It definitely takes some practice to sail with a wind vane. In the long run, it makes you a much better sailor, as sail trim is important to it being able to steer. I run the string forward all the way to the companionway so if I am below I can just reach up and adjust it a bit.
Thanks Warren.
Running the string forward is a great idea. I will do that set up too.
 
That's great you got a nice gentle introduction! Where do you have your boat? Someplace that's not getting cold?! I know that is a relative term having spent most my life in Alaska. ;)
 
That's great you got a nice gentle introduction! Where do you have your boat? Someplace that's not getting cold?! I know that is a relative term having spent most my life in Alaska. ;)
Not so cold , thanks to El niño ... up north east , New York / New Jersey
 
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