Re: Rallies Gone Wrong
"But instead of having mounted an autopilot plus a windvane, (that is very expensive, takes a lot of useful space and it is much less efficient in what regard the ability to drive the boat in all conditions) it is much more logical and better to have a set of spars for the autopilot"
My Monitor takes up no space that I can use. It hangs off the stern.
With regard to power consumption, on a 5 day trip using my Alder Barbour frig, my Alpha 3000 24 hours per day, AIS, VHF and the normal lights & gauges and some SSB, I ran my engine 45-60 minutes every 12 hours and had no energy issues at all. I consume less than 2/3 gallons per hour at 1300 RPM, so my fuel consumption for the 5 days for energy recharging was less than 7 gallons.
While carrying spars for ones autopilot certainly makes sense, one can buy a used Monitor for $2K. it is hard to imagine why a serious cruiser would not have one. Clearly $ would not be the reason.