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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ratbasher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 March 2023 at 16:08
Jef - looks like an excellent solution; I'd be interested to hear how you get on with the Walder.  
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Hi everyone,

I'm back a little late, but with the experience of 9 months sailing and just over 3500 nautical miles (Canarias, Madeira, Algarve).
 
This configuration with the Walder is just perfect for my needs.
I've made it even better by fitting a new fiddle block with a ringot to give an extra strand on the mainsheet.


 
Other improvements include the self-tacking jib track. Two holes and two movable clamps allow to block it downwind, or to have a narrower track when the jib is partially furled.
 
We've also installed the third pair of winches, one of which is electric, a second autopilot as backup and a Watt&Sea hydrogenerator.
We tested everything on an initial short sail between Portimao and Agadir, and it all worked perfectly.
 
For anchorages, we now have a Rocna 20 and a Takacat 300LX tender with a Spirit ePropulsion engine.
 
We've modified a few other details, such as two extra blockers on the roof for the third reef and reinforcements on the fixings for the rear tilting platform.

All this should give us greater comfort and ease.
 
Best regards,
Jef

P.S. All these modifications can be seen by paging under servimg from the first picture above.


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Jef - out of interest, how does that wheel mounted autopilot perform for you?  I've often thought of doing similar on my 400 (given the well balanced helm) as it would be a useful backup to the primary Jefa/Simrad gear.  I also started working out if I could fit a Pelagic drive in the floor but that's for another discussion sometime.

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Hello Mark,
 
As I sail 2 or 3 months a year single-handed, I needed a backup and this is practically the only one available.
I was warned that it might be a bit weak for the Hanse, but as the helm is very smooth and the rudder offers good control, I thought it would suffice.
We left Portimao at the end of January and headed for Agadir.
On the first day, the conditions were rather strong and I preferred to leave the main pilot in wind mode.
Over the next three days, in a weakening wind, this little autopilot on the wheel worked non-stop, even in conditions where I thought it would reach its limits.
We're going to continue testing it next week on our way to the Canaries. Smile

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Interesting!  Thanks Jef
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sgrhma2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 February 2024 at 21:26
Jef, would you have a photo of how you rigged the second auto pilot and also what make and model it is. I do a lot of single handed sailing and to be honest my biggest concern is a possible auto failure.

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Hello Simon,


The wheel autopilot is a Raymarine EV-100. In principle for vessels up to 7.5t displacement and up to 12m in length.
With all the equipment needed to live aboard for 10 months each year (dinghy, outboard motor, inflatable kayak, folding bikes, clothes, food, etc.) we're close to 9 tonnes, but it works.

The assembly was done inside the steering column. On the right you can see the lever for engaging or disengaging it.

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Jef

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sgrhma2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 February 2024 at 12:29
Jef, that is very neat and an excellent back up. Is it still easy to remove the wheel with the auto attached? Like my boat, youíve an early 370, and what I often do if Iím in somewhere for a while is remove the wheel for easy access to the dinghy or when stern to a pontoon or jetty. 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote alettaenmarcel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 February 2024 at 15:29
I Have the same wheelpilot Raymarine SPX 5 smart pilot for many years now.
But I am changing now to the Jefa DD1 because in the years it many time happend that the gears broke and the system jammed.
Also going downwind it was not fast enough and I had tot stear it myself.
but we had a lot of sailing with it upwind and half wind, and ofcours by going on Motor.
I just put the spx on sale now in holland on Marktplaats jesterday.

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