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Hebridean Servo Pendulum Wind Vane Testimonials

 

Below are some recent testimonials received, a comprehensive test and review by Ian Kirkwood and details of an Atlantic trip with Thomas Fisher can be read by clicking here


Hi John
Yes my Hebridean going strong! Steered me single handed from U.K. with no problems but I have lengthen paddle because long overhang means it could spend time suspended in mid air in steep waves. Now very powerful so moved attachment to tiller back so quicker response in big following seas. Haven't noticed over steer. Now at Papeete after three months French Polynesia. Going Tonga next couple days after 4.5m swell and 3.3 m waves subside off Cooks. But Steering gear handles that stuff brilliantly as when knocked around at stern instantly put back on course as the event takes place - no delay. However my Boat always well balanced and steers easily demonstrated by still on original cheap tiller lines still in perfect condition.
My little 36 ft Seabreeze centre boarder has made some remarkable journeys under the gear! Averaged 139 nautical miles per day fr Marquesas to Tahiti. Best 24 run 156 miles so vane can handle the high speeds. Best run was 114 mile in 14 hrs- equivalent to over 190 miles in a day! Pays to have a yacht which is a copy of famous Finisterre!
Peculiar to my boat is mostly in lighter winds a lashed tiller to windward better that vane as tries to steer boat as wind fluctuating speeds influence apparent wind making gear too too sensitive when should just leave it steer the average. Any ideas John?
You know I converted my boat to a junk schooner in Falmouth two years ago. Do not regret! Set as much sail area as under spinnaker in light (sails in whisper used 5 gals fuel since Panama!), never go on deck, reef instantly. My wife flew out Tahiti. We went to Moorea. On way back 18 knots and rough we beat back the two yachts to Papeete when hard on the wind after overhauling one. Don't know how as was surprised as not racing! Both longer! Vane handled it well. Hebridean Helmsman meant no loss speed perhaps? Now tested to 35 plus knot winds and rotten seas off Columbia. Under bare poles. Boat will not lie a hull but rockets off downwind by self. I do set vane then to help. Have a series drogue will employ if have to. Expect same on way to NZ
Use news on site. Will send more. Hope final leg NZ mid October.
Brilliant bit of kit John!
Chris


Hi John
Yesterday was the big day and I tried out the gear for the first time. And it worked just brilliantly! A few things need to be finalised still but already I am totally amazed by its performance. We even steered through narrow tidal channels in the changeable and fluky winds in the lee of islands just by readjusting the vane base. Then tried downwind at about 165° app wind angle. At boat speed around 5 knots the app wind was almost non existent, maybe 2 or 3 knots and the Hebridean just kept us on a straight line without any problems.
Many thanks and best wishes   Andre


Hello John,
Finally I can report back on my 'Hebridean', I finished it last May, I took a long time as I got a lot of enjoyment making the kit and finishing it to the best of my ability, the result was an impressive object much admired by all whose gaze fell upon the shiny gleaming unusual object.
There were no time for sea trials, we set off for Wick in June from Findhorn, attached the wind vane and it worked straight away. It took me about an hour experimenting and getting used to it and with a westerly force 4/5 sailed sixty odd miles hands free except for adjusting the vane when apparent wind altered. I found it very sensitive and the smallest adjustment alters the course dramatically.
With regards     Alex Hunt (another satisfied customer)


On 04/09/16 20:10, Kristian Møller Pedersen wrote:
Hi John.
I just want to inform you that today was the big day, where I took the Hebridean to the seas for the very first time. And I would say that it was a great success. I started out by motoring as slow as possible and ended up sailing nearly 6 knots.

The wind vane worked as hoped for all the way! see video https://youtu.be/d2fjzbkh0dU


The link below is a video of someone crossing the bay of Biscay with the Hebridean wind vane  https://vimeo.com/136082871


The link below shows the Hebridean under test.
https://youtu.be/vs_efPyOXpo


Read Tom Fisher's blog about his trip to the Azores with his Hebridean wind vane he built and nicknamed "Angus" http://arcticsmoke.blogspot.co.uk/?m=0


From Peter Lawson    June 2015   ref: #Kit 22

Hello John,
It worked beautifully, with either main or jib alone and with both together. I don't know how you figured out the system but it is magic. Thank you John.


On 02/05/15 09:58, Robert Wilson wrote:
Just to let you know I had an exhilarating sail yesterday from Clogherhead to Howth. A beat for the first 14 miles then a fantastic beam reach for the next 16nm. The wind was F4-F6 and quite big seas, I had to helm the beat because I really needed to make Skerries without tacking or getting to close to the lee shore.
After rounding Skerries I bore away onto a reach/beam reach and scooted at 6 – 7kts with the vane set. Big beam seas (3m?) and brilliant sunshine made it one of the most enjoyable sails I’ve had for many a year. I set the vane at Skerries and didn’t touch the helm for 16 miles to Howth. It performed flawlessly.
My favourite place on the boat when it’s like that (and safe) is sitting on the pushpit, clipped on of course, watching the sea and day go by. Made only possible by your vane.

Many thanks indeed.       Robert


Hi john
Mine is in action. Present in Isle of Wight waiting weather cross channel to Jersey Islands. Used gear in light conditions all points. Worked " out of box" superbly. Amazed at light wind performance. As I am on way back to New Zealand I will learn more and feed back.
Chris Gamble


Hi John
The kit arrived this morning. Nicely put together kit with very clear plans.
Thanks
Fred (license number 4)


Hi John,
I had vane out for a test sail today,wow Im very impressed by your design it worked first time and is user friendly.
Thanks John Meldrum. (license number 2)


Hello again John,
I just had the best weekend or sailing with the hebridean, its wonderful, the best piece of kit I've put on my boat. I went out of Cork harbour against an incoming tide at 4.5 kn, a full knot faster than l could manage at the helm myself. I tried the vane on all points of sail and it performed better than I expected .
My boat does not like dead down wind, wing and wing but the vane held my course.
So you've designed a great device well done take a bow John.
Cheers John


On 22/10/14 00:16, John Meldrum wrote:

Hi there John,
What made me willing to give your design a go, well I looked at lots of others commercial and diy vanes, I also have read several books on self steering systems.  I had my previous boat self steering on sheet to tiller system, that  was ok but a bit finicky with lines crossing over and back. I had begun to design my own servo pendulum wind vane when I saw your hebradean and searched through what information you had on site, read the  reviews  and liked very much what I saw. It made perfect sense  to me to use a proven design. I had no problem building from the plans and all the metal parts + fixings  are in the kit, it saved me a lot of time, gathering the bits and pieces.
There are a lot of bits in the kit.  All I needed was the wood, not a problem, Im a carpenter!  so  off I went on an adventure. I was like a kid at Christmas with a mechano set and carpentry set, to make the wind my tiller slave .
Oh to use the heads without rushing back to the lashed tiller.    Freedom to cook lunch to stroll around the boat, all 30 foot of her, wow! 
I often sail alone, or with my wife and three daughters 8, 5 and 2  1/2.  Now we can have a lot more time looking around at the scenery, wildlife and fishing  etc.etc.
Basically your kit is a very good deal.  I have built one and it worked first time out, I could hardly believe it but it did. I had expected a period  of setting up and learning by trial and error, none of that, away she went first time, amazing ! I managed round up a couple of times, my own fault, too much main sheet tension. I backed off the main a bit and off we went.     Some commercial  vanes take months to get to know and a lot wont work down wind, not the Hebradean  she did down wind superb. I look forward to flying my spinnaker next.
good night , John.



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