SV Polonez – Krzysztof Baranowski PL

TWO LEGENDS ON THE ROAD – NO THREE!

Krzysztof Baranowski

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SV Otter II – Jean + Mario Lumaye BE

CIRCUMNAVIGATION – THREE TIMES – ARZAL de MORBIHAN
After an Iridium call for help from the South Atlantic, an unconventional repair, the Windpilot stern ornament eventually made it through to its third circumnavigation of the globe, albeit not as visually attractive as it was about 10 years ago. Continue reading

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SV Sini – Mika Pukari FIN

RUSTLER 42 – HELSINKI – KIEL – HELSINKI
Hi Peter, after your fixes in Kiel, the windpilot steers fine. Due the covid issues and restrictions we decided in Rendsburg, to turn home to Finland. Your book Myth Circumnavigation gives invaluable information to bluewater sailors. Thank you very much for writing it, you have made a Good job!
Kinds regards
Mika

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SV Santana – Jan + Trees van Weeghel NED

FOOR FOR THE EYES

SV Santana – Jan + Trees van Weeghel NED

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SV Ummagumma – Malu + Simone de Lillo ITA

OVNI 445 – MED – AZORES AND BACK
Hello Peter, hope all is well in Hamburg. Beautiful navigations to the Azores and beetween the islands with your wind pilot.  Every day I learn more and more. Pity you didn’t teach the windpilot to stay stable even in gusts.  😉
Thanks and all the best
Simone + Malu SV Ummagumma

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SV Sarah – Fred Reynolds US

SAILING BACK AND FORTH TO COLOMBIA MANY TIMES
Hi Peter, you installed a Pacific in Gran Canaria in 2003 on Sarah, my 1980 C&C 34, and it has steered the boat valiantly to Colombia and many times back and forth from there to Panama.  I could not live without it!
Thank you!
Fred from San Francisco

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SV Daphne – Daniel Brink UK

ED BURNETT 35 GAFFCUTTER ON HER WAY FROM CAPE TOWN VIA GRENADA TO IRELAND
Hello Peter, we are currently making plans to return to Grenada to prepare Daphne, our Ed Burnett gaff cutter, for the final leg across to Ireland next year. Continue reading

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SV Nausikaa – Kayo Ozaki Au

VANCOUVER 34 – DAS ZWEITE LEBEN IN DOWNUNDER
Hi Peter, I’m the second owner of “Nausikaa” Vancouver 34C. Gerhard sailed solo from Hamburg to Australia via Panama, and left the boat with the broker to sell in Pittwater, north of Sydney in 2014. Continue reading

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SV Kutani – Euan Mackay Scotland

WARRIOR 40 CRUISING IN EUROPE WITH STONE AGE PACIFIC
Hi Peter, I am after your expertise, I had some great voyages again this summer, singlehanded from Ireland down to South of Spain wind pilot all the way and unsurprisingly the fastest speeds obtained was when I was sleeping !! Great piece of kit in all conditions that I have experienced. Continue reading

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SV Ioda – Stéphane Cudelou FRA

ANNÉES SABBATIQUE À LA VOILE SUR IODA – OVNI 435

cleaning from sargasso weed

Bonjour Peter, Just to tell you that we arrived at La Martinique few days ago after a 14 days quiet transat from Cabo Verde. We use the Windpilot all the time with full satisfaction. It worked just incredibly fine ! We are very happy and trustful. Continue reading

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SV Albatros – Jan Willem Eyssen NED

BESTEVAER 55 USING WINDPILOT PACIFIC FOR 12 YEARS
Dear mr Förthmann, As from the launch in 2009, my Bestevaer 55′ Albatros (approx. 26 tonnes) has been equipped with both a Pacific Windpilot and a B&G autopilot. Both the pilots are being used seperately and have served us well over the years and still do.
Best regards,
Jan Willem Eyssen

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SV The Point – David Auld AU

FIRST SAILING EXPERIENCES WITH WINDPILOT IN AUSTRALIA
Hello Peter, Installation and commissioning went very well. There were no surprises and no need for further adjustments. I’ve used the unit in light conditions and just recently for a beam reach in 20-25 knot winds. As long as my sail trim is correct the Windpilot does a great job. I’m learning to reef my mainsail early to keep the helm balanced.
Thanks for your support and this great product.
Regards
David Auld

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SV Kompaan – Peter Jongepier NED

HR 34 – TRANSATLANTIC
Hi Peter, Hope you are doing well. Firstly wanted to reconfirm how happy I’m with your Windpilot which helped me to cross the Atlantic smoothly. Many thanks for developing this fantastic product!
Best from the West
Peter SY Kumpaan

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SV Dutch – Sebastiaan Ambtman NED

BOREAL 44 – TRANSATLANTIC WITH FAMILY

YT CHANNEL

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Selfsteering installation and usage tips

COLIN SPEEDIE – ATTAINABLE ADVENTURE CRUISING

Morganscloud

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SV Iris – Petter Mather Simonsen NOR

COMMENT ON ATTAINABLE ADVENTURE CRUISING
“I installed a Windpilot Pacific on my heavy Koopmans centerboard vessel in 2014. It has not got a lot of use, but saved me when required. (electric generation failure mid ocean – so no normal autopilot). From time to time I have been in contact with Peter Förthmann, either to get advice, or buy a small part.
His customer service is absolutely outstanding beyond anything I have experience in this industry and beyond.
As regards gear on boats, it is not a question if it breaks, it is a question of when. Then it is good to know Peter F is there to help.
No sponsorship – just a happy customer.”
Petter SV Iris
WEITERLESEN

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SV Blue Marlin – Frédéric Giraldi FR

TWO TIMES FROM MARSEILLE TO NOUVELLE CALÉDONIE
Bonjour, J’ai du vous acheter mon premier WindPilot en 1997, après avoir discuté avec vous au salon nautique de Paris, c’était un Pacific Plus et il m’a emmené jusqu’à Cairn en Australie sans problème. En 5 ans de navigation mes heures de barre se comptent sur les doigts de la main. Continue reading

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SV Scot Free III – Frank Mulholland UK

SARGASSO WEED ON OVNI 435 DURING OCEAN SAILING
Dear Peter, It has been more than 3 years since we installed your excellent Windpilot and we have travelled from the UK, across the Atlantic, all over the Caribbean and now up the West coast of the USA. The Windpilot has steered most of the way and has performed outstandingly. Continue reading

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Charlie Lewis US

PACIFIC SEACRAFT 20 – FIRST TRY IN SEATTLE
Hi Peter, She’s working perfectly!

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SV Dada Tux – Helen Heutschi + Hansueli Schwaninger CH

ON AN UNUSUAL COURSE SOUTH – SAN FRANCISCO – SAN DIEGO
The Dada Tux has been moored in Emerycove Marina for a good three weeks. We are very comfortable here, nestled between live-aboard motor yachts with Eric and Lisa on one side, Geli (Angelika) and Rich on the other. Before arriving in San Francisco, we try to book a berth in several marinas downtown, but due to the fleet weeks, everything is either full or too expensive (sometimes over 200 US$ per night). As it is in life and sailing, we briefly meet a couple in Port Townsend who are active in the Richmond Yacht Club and are encouraged to enquire there. The possibilities of getting anywhere from there by public transport are very limited and apparently a quite dangerous (hold-up) route has to be mastered first. Danny, the harbour master, therefore recommends Emerycove in Emeryville, with the harbour master Diane. We are even invited to an Oktoberfest on jetty G with Weisswurst, potato salad and beer at Eva’s (German but living in the USA for 50 years) home CONTINUE READING

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