Frequently Asked Questions - Beneteau First 210
Hello there. I have a Beneteau First 210 (1995) with twin rudders. I am interested in the "Mr. Vane" style that attaches without stand off brackets. Like a Mini Transat design, she can heel quite a bit, hence the dual rudders. I would mount the vane on the center line and want to know how to calculate the length of the paddle so that it does not hit the rudders and can still penetrate the water enough to be effective on a close hauled course. Thanks - Duncan Edwards
That is a difficult question to give an easy answer to.
First of all, in normal conditions the pendulum rudder only makes small corrections, say within 10 degrees of swing either side.
That would probably be between the rudders.
But extreme corrections may also occur.
The lower the system is mounted, the wider the swing can be.
The widest swing the windvane can create is just under 90 degrees, but the pendulum can swing further, depending on the movement of the boat.
But it is hard to predict what will happen in those cases.
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