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 in the tube has bent. What could have cosed that?
Regards from Mikael, currently in Domburg, Surinam
Hi Mikael, simple reason – explanations herewith:
1.- some one lifted the pendulum rudder to wrong side rather at port side
2.- servo rudder has been tilted to the aft due to some by flotsam / seagrass during sailing … which caused the puchrod to carry too much loads.
To cure the damage: just take pushrod off, bent it back … and go sailing…
ALLEGRO 33 SAILING TO SURINAM
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 did not make tacking an easy thing. I used to hang off the end of the boat and turn the worm spindle by hand.
So now with the help of a small continuous line dinghy furling drum and a reduction in the length of the worm spindle I can now use a long contiuous loop (no knots) of 6mm cord right up to the head of the tiller. Adjustment is super quick and tacking good too. A few good pulls takes the windvane though 100 dgrees. Job done! The stainless steel handle which I made a few years ago still sits on the end of the worm handle and gets used occaisionally.
I wonder if you could incorporate something similar on your models without too much effort? I guess it would involve a change to the casting to make it look less DIY which I appreciate is a big job. Just a thought.
best from the UK
David SV Kareela
FROM BRITTANY TO THE CANARIES VIA SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND MADEIRA
SLEEPLESS ON THE ATLANTIC
ATLANTIC CIRCLE ON JEANNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 43 DS
Dear Peter, After 2 years of cruising and crossing the Atlantic both ways, we are now back in our home country, Norway. Just wanted to let you know that we have been very happy with our Windpilot Pacific MF3. It has been our preferred choice for self-steering and gets our recommendation. Continue reading
ORCAS – THE THINKING BEGINS
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
ANNÉES SABBATIQUE À LA VOILE SUR IODA – OVNI 435