Previous pilot/windvane experience

We drilled a hole in the counterweight to accept the pin (that way we
didn’t have to dismount the paddle whenever we used the pilot)and
fabricated a bracket(I use the term loosely) to hang the pilot. It
worked well on all points of sail, but not nearly as well as the
windvane alone. We used the windvane with a piece of cardboard
clothespinned to the top of it in the lightest wind and did well. The
autopilot came into use when we had NO wind and were motoring. We’ll
post the results of our current Italian-American engineering project
when it’s done. Ray