We’ve had a message from Keith this morning to say he’s had a couple of problems to deal with. He’s had to do some repairs to one of the running checkstays, and the wind monitor autopilot.
The running checkstay applies tension to the mast on the windward side to add strength and to prevent the mast from bending too much.
The wind vane is Keith’s preferred autopilot because it doesn’t take any energy from the batteries to operate it. It controls it’s own rudder with the use of a wind vane. (You can clearly see the wind vane in the photo of Keith leaving Cowes. The rudder is in the up position.). It works by setting the angle of the wind vane to control the direction of the boat.
If you were watching the tracker throughout the night and early this morning, and noticed that Keith hadn’t progressed much, this is because he was fixing the wind vane which took about 4 hours.
These are all important pieces of kit but as always, Keith is more than capable to make repairs. He’s also carrying a lot of spares. For instance he has a hydraulic autopilot which he can engage quickly with the press of a button, and he even has a spare one of these.
Hopefully Keith will have a nice run into the trade winds without any more problems. Remember you can watch his progress on the Tracker Page.