AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SAILOR
In the Service of Aeolus
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SAILOR
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… But it is now done, since this summer : In July, I installed it. In August, I used it from France to the Azores Islands.
It works so well. I was amazed myself. It is a perfect helmsman ! I love it.
When I arrived in the Azores, guess who came to give me a friendly greeting… Harry, from Good@Wood.
Thanks for this great Windpilot!
David – Bateau Asevao
The Orcas – again
WISHFUL THINKING ABOUT GOOD BOAT BUILDING TRADITIONS?
SV Polonez – Krzysztof Baranowski PL
TWO LEGENDS ON THE ROAD – NO THREE!
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
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!
SV Santana – Jan + Trees van Weeghel NED
FOOR FOR THE EYES
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
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!
Fred from San Francisco
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
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
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
SV Ioda – Stéphane Cudelou FRA
ANNÉES SABBATIQUE À LA VOILE SUR IODA – OVNI 435
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.
Jan Willem Eyssen
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.
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
SV Dutch – Sebastiaan Ambtman NED
BOREAL 44 – TRANSATLANTIC WITH FAMILY
Selfsteering installation and usage tips
COLIN SPEEDIE – ATTAINABLE ADVENTURE CRUISING
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