Category Archives: Equipment

Aries – Peter Mathiessen Brazil – UPDATE

BACK TO THE FUTURE Peter Mathiessen´s comment of today 09.01.2023: Peter Matthiessen no longer owns Aries, so it isn’t immediately obvious why the Bad Weather Problem (and its stubborn refusal to manifest itself in the real world – see, for … Continue reading

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JSD Drogue

SHANE FREEMAN PRACTISING THE JSD DROGE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC A multi-facted, and complex discussion, where theory and praxis can vary a lot. JSD Drogue

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Pacific – Pacific Plus

ABOUT CHOICES Pacific – Pacific Plus

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SV Blue Water – Mikael Olund SWE

ALLEGRO 33 SAILING TO SURINAM Hello Peter! Thank you for a great produkt. I have now used it for approx 12 000 miles. But now I have a problem to make it funktion properly. It seems like the inner pushrod … Continue reading

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SV Kareela – David Williams UK

SMART IMPROVEMENTS ON CONTESSA 32 Good morning Peter, for your informationI have attached some images of a small modification I have made to your excellent Windpilot. I was finding the windvane adjustment with the thin red cord rather fiddly and … Continue reading

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Golden Globe Race – Déjà vu – UPDATE 12.november 2022

SLEEPLESS ON THE ATLANTIC
 Déjà vu

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Considerations about emergency rudders

ORCAS – THE THINKING BEGINS Considerations about Emergency rudders

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SV Asevao – David Jolivet FRA

GARCIA PASSOA 46 – ARRIVED IN HORTA Hi Peter, between the problems with the COVID and the manufacturing of the custom-made support part for the Windpilot and the Watt&Sea, it took me a long time before I install the Windpilot… … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Selfsteering installation and usage tips

COLIN SPEEDIE – ATTAINABLE ADVENTURE CRUISING Morganscloud

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Webmailor – Patrick Losert GER

DEVELOPED BY THE SAILOR – IRIDIUM GO CAN NOW WWW Internet connection for sailors on the move – that’s what sailors dream of. Patrick Losert, digital nomad and on the move by ship in the Pacific, currently visiting home, plans … Continue reading

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SV Lescale – Neil Hird UK

ALLURES 45 – WINDPILOT AND THE PASSARELLE IN THE MED Passerelle

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Pelagic – Windpilot – Nike Steiger – Mike Scheck

SV KARL – PELAGIC AUTOPILOT INSTALLATION Windpilot – Pelagic

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Peter and the market

WINDPILOT – INTRIGUE AND COPYCATS Intrigue and copycats

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Hydrovane – Windpilot

WINDPILOT – PROPERLY EFFECTIVE WINDVANE STEERING SYSTEMS Hydrovane

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Golden Globe Race 2018 – emergency rudder

IN EXTREMIS – LOSING THE RUDDER SOS Rudder

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Achilles heels – Saildrives

THE HOW AND THE WHY From the harbour tug operator to the car driver with an empty tank, anyone with first-hand experience knows the best way to set a large load moving in the right direction is to push it … Continue reading

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Influencers

INFLUENCERS AND INFLUENZA – THE SILENT POWER Influencers and influenza: both have the capacity to render one powerless, but while influenza’s challenge to the immune system is impossible to overlook, the influence on our thought processes of sources we trust … Continue reading

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Cardinal sins – the rudder

RUDDER, TILLER, WHEEL STEERING, EMERGENCY TILLER Is overconfidence the order of the day? Have we lost our respect for the forces of nature? Naively succumbed to the marketers’ forked tongue? Is the new really always better than the old? Are … Continue reading

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The importance of a strong rudder

APPEARANCE AND REALITY A tour of European trade fairs and marinas reveals which marketing campaigns and promotions have gained the most traction and highlights the latest trends and developments to have been packaged up, badged (invariably) as important improvements and … Continue reading

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