A Photo & Discussion Forum for Wharram Design Enthusiasts
what do you think of that wind vane . It is old model by QME then PLASTIMO . Is it worth for pahi 26 ?
On my old monohull and also on Peace, we find that we must eliminate all the fricition and sticktion we can and be sure everything runs free. the blocks are fair so the steering lines don't drag etc. We use best quality blocks and best quality non stretch line for any steering system and make sure the rudders turn easily with minimum effort. All that fuss really is worth the bother because it is so nice to have reliable self steering so you can relax and enjoy the view and your lunch or just a day dream. The Wharram stitched on rudders need just enough tight and just enough slack to work well and it is the same with the steering lines to the self steering. I always found it good to put in a tiny bit of lee helm so the windvane would be more sensitive and not have to take up any slack as it would if you had it perfectly balanced. It is hard for me to describe this, but maybe one of you can say it better. I love to watch any kind of self steering working. It makes the boat seem to have a will of its own and it is just a joy to see it when it all works right.
Picture of the tillerpilot setup we are currently using. The long rod is a cut down carbon fibre skiff tiller extension; We tried using the same for the rod coming from the tiller but it was not stiff enough so will revert to stainless. The joint is a standard dinghy tiller extension swivel from RWO.
Robert Sheridan said:
An update: we believe that the problems we had with the tillerpilot were because of the weight of the tillers; I there is a big course correction the tillerpilot is overwhelmed by the inertia of the tillers. We are now using shock cord on the tillers to help get them back towards centre when there is a big course correction. This does Not rule out that electronic interference was occuring as well.