A Photo & Discussion Forum for Wharram Design Enthusiasts
Tu n'as pas de régulateur?
En fait j'ai pensé au régule car il me semblait plus simple a mettre en place un petit pilote dessus mais cela n'est vraiment pas certain. Perso je penche pour la girouette Wharram et j'ai déjà un vieux pilote barre a roue qui me conviendra pour de courte étape ou au moteur.
I had a tiller autopilot on my T30, and a wheel pilot on my Tangaroa. I would not recommend a tiller pilot for the Tiki 38 unless it was operating the vane of a trim tab self-steering system.
The tiller pilot is difficult to mount in a strong manner on most Wharrams, especially the Tiki designs. The torque on the rudders in heavy seas is more significant that most realize, and this tends to overwhelm even the strongest electric tiller pilots.
I tried a tiller pilot on my T38 and wasnt satisfied that it would work reliably. I installed a wheel pilot that has been brilliant. But by far the best is the wind vane as designed by Hanneke. The plans are not expensive and it saves a lot of trial and error if you do it yourself. The autopilot is only used for short periods when we are under power and either setting or dropping sails.
I am in the same process of choosing a pilot system. As i have a trim tab because i built the wharram wind vane (but never used it), i will pilot the boat through the trim tab with a tiller pilot. I will so get rid of the important torque on the actual tillers in heavy winds, and above all will use very very few energy which is just fine for me. Of course will want remote control too.
there was a thread a while back on this with pictures of how people have set up tiller pilots on their tikis. for me the biggest problem was the weight of the tillers overwhelming thentiller pilot if it made a big correction. we only use the tiller pilot when motoring as we only motor when there is non wind so no big corrections. when sailing we use a wind vane system that can be disengaged from the tiller bar and is controlled with long lines so we only need to go aft when we set it up at the start of a trip. i think i posted some pics previously.
As my boat is in court, I have a Raymarine tiller pilot (up tp 2t) with wireless remote control, located in Brittany. I'd go with a windwane, too, but the raymarine being overpriced would try to get Nasa marine tax free at a UK port.