W42 / W43 Windvane selection

  • April 23, 2012 6:11 AM
    Message # 898803
    Deleted user

    We've looked at some of the various windvanes available that would be suitable for the W42 / W43.  It's not my intention to open a debate on the subject as there has been plenty written on the subject in the past.  We did receive an interesting reply back from the Voyager Windvane folks (http://www.voyagerwindvanes.com/) regarding utilization on a W42 that I thought I would pass along...

    "Hi Micheal , thank you for your inquiry in regards to your boat .  I think you might want to talk to Monitor our windvane is more suited for smaller boats . You are a very large boat and very heavy and the center cockpit makes not ideal . Windpilot has a unit that has its own rudder powered by a pendulum oar that would eliminate the lines . It is a popular windvane in Europe and he sells that unit to a lot of big boats .  Thanks again and with best regards , Peter T." 

    This is not a stab at Voyager, actually I find it refreshing that they would admit that their unit is not the correct application.

    We had hopes that the Voyager would be a candidate for the W42.  It closely resembles the Sailomat 601 (which has been used successfully on the W42).

    Mike & Jenny

    W42 #`114 Abake

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  • April 23, 2012 9:41 PM
    Reply # 899780 on 898803
    Deleted user

    I am also investigating self-steering options on a W43.   Have you considered this product?  Norvane.  http://www.selfsteering.com.  Seems to be well-made.  I am wondering if anyone hereabouts has any experience with these?


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  • April 24, 2012 5:15 AM
    Reply # 900240 on 898803
    Deleted user

    Ed - I did see the Norvane and indeed it looked like something to check out.  I had some specific mounting requirements that were more easily met with a different unit.  It would be nice to see one in person or hear from some users.  Good luck.


  • August 23, 2013 11:56 AM
    Reply # 1372755 on 898803
    Deleted user

    I have installed a Sayes Rig windvane on our W42 and it works well.

    Uncomplicated design. No lines in the cockpit or to the quandrant.

    The stronger the wind the more powerful the control.

    Steers the boat well at 12 kts and above.

    Biggest part of the install was the rudder modification.

    Tom G



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