Ha ha, you have to talk to it nicely! I love using my 5 element and have regretted not taking up some summits where, for one reason or another, I have chosen to use something else. On my latest outing I worked Don G0RQL down in Devon from Ben Lui GM/SS-003 at a distance of 615km. Not a fluke as I worked him from Ben More GM/SS-001 and Stob Binnein GM/SS-002 a week and a half before. There was nothing special about conditions on either occasion.
Keeping the antenna pointing in the required direction depends on certain factors. The boom to mast connection is the main issue… I make sure mine is pushed down tightly onto the pole and sometimes wrap some electrical tape around the boom and pole. Then there is getting sufficient resistance to stop the pole rotating. I often use a bungie wrapped around the pole and secured to something fixed like the fence, trig point (see photo) or I have even attached it to the guys. Of course sometimes the weather is so dire that you can’t help but beam where the wind wants the antenna to point, but overall that doesn’t happen very often.