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Looking For Windvane
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 Posted: 02-05-2021 07:08 pm
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Kristian
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If anyone has a self steering windvane that they are able to part ways with, I would be interested making a deal for it. I’m preparing for a single-handed trip this summer and will need a reliable, non-electric self steering system.

I have an IP31.

Thank you!



 Posted: 02-05-2021 11:45 pm
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None of my business, but what kind of autopilot are you using?

Frank 



 Posted: 02-05-2021 11:53 pm
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It’s an old Autohelm ST4000. I would guess from the early 90’s



 Posted: 02-06-2021 02:34 am
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Might want to try a RM Evo and see how little electricity it uses.  By correcting the heading before any significant error develops the AP motor is just overcoming the rotational inertia of the steering system.  Thus very little rudder force translates to low electrical requirements.  Jimmy Buffett singing Margaritaville on medium volume uses more electricity than my AP (balanced and moderate sail conditions).

Frank  



 Posted: 02-06-2021 01:04 pm
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Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out :)



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