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Old 01-03-2012, 13:20   #16
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

Here are a couple of pictures of my wind vane">Aries wind vane as installed!
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

So I see Sewing Machine oil is best to lubricate my Aries. Definately so as I have gunked it up. All clean now. So does anybody have a source for larger cans of sewing machine oil?
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So I see Sewing Machine oil is best to lubricate my Aries. Definately so as I have gunked it up. All clean now. So does anybody have a source for larger cans of sewing machine oil?
The Aries was designed to not need any oil. Oil will just attract dirt, dust and salt water crystals. I never lubed mine, just gave it a good cleaning. If you must lube it try a dry Teflon spray such as you would use on your sail track.
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

My Aries (version 3 I think) is greased, especially in the control gear box area, but also on the other main gears. Iíve been thinking about re-greasing it, but not sure how to remove the old, and then which to re-apply.

Ö but now youíve got me wondering bazzer. Is this wrong? I inherited the vane. Iíve used it for going on eight years. Works fine, although I wonder if the grease is getting old and needs refreshing. In low winds the response time is slow.
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

Can you post a picture? Mine was the very robust series 4. The earlier models had plastic bearings which are prone to swelling which might cause a slow response in light winds. The only fix for this issue is new bearing which might mean getting a machine shop involved. Either way they are great winvanes and will last for ever!
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

Sorry it took a little while. Iím away from my boat, so had to dig through the general pics to find any that showed the vane. Here are a couple. The main grease load is in the covered area that houses the port/starboard ratchets. There is also grease on the main gears.
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Re: Aries No#4 Questions Windvane

For a little better response in light airs (the hardest time for a windvane) you might want to spend a few extra dollars on roller bearing blocks for the steering lines with the ones doing the 90 degree turn larger diameter. Any reduction of friction helps make light air sailing a joy . My third Aries is sitting , waiting for a refurbish before mounting. I think they are wonderful. ____Grant.
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