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Old 18-09-2015, 05:44   #1
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Aries Windvane question

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I have an old Aries -- I believe it's the original model, which I've rebuilt with the (very difficult to obtain) rebuild kit. There are two gears that mesh in the heart of the unit, one at the bottom of the up-and-down arm that carries the counterweight and the wind paddle on one end. It gears into the right and left moving piston with the hydropaddle on the other end. The schematic does not show how these two are to meet, but I assume they should be for equal travel in either direction (right or left).

Does anyone know if that's correct?
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Old 18-09-2015, 08:10   #2
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Re: Aries Windvane question

It does not work out that way exactly. Set it up with equal travel in both directions.
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Don't know if this is the right category to post in, but ...

I have an old Aries -- I believe it's the original model, which I've rebuilt with the (very difficult to obtain) rebuild kit. There are two gears that mesh in the heart of the unit, one at the bottom of the up-and-down arm that carries the counterweight and the wind paddle on one end. It gears into the right and left moving piston with the hydropaddle on the other end. The schematic does not show how these two are to meet, but I assume they should be for equal travel in either direction (right or left).

Does anyone know if that's correct?
Is the "old Aries" made of bronze and stainless? Three external gears intermeshing with two vertical control arms about 18" long in opposing sockets?
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Re: Aries Windvane question

The body is aluminum, with stainless fittings and fasteners (I know, a bad combo). The gears are bronze. It's this one: Aries Standard Vane Gear Technical Illustration
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Old 22-09-2015, 16:13   #5
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Re: Aries Windvane question

I really haven't found an answer to my original question. When I center the gears, the travel on one side (when the paddle is kicked over) is a fair amount more than on the other side. Does anyone have a working Aries that could just look and/or take a picture and post it to let me know how the gearing works?
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Re: Aries Windvane question

Don't center the gears, give it equal travel. It's like 1 tooth off center.
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Re: Aries Windvane question

Just PMed you sneuman, but ours is the same as Guy's. Our's is not centred, and therefore looks a bit odd. But it still has sufficient travel.
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Re: Aries Windvane question

Thanks. This helps. Now, is the gear on the shaft cocked to starboard a bit or is the other gear canted when it's installed?
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Re: Aries Windvane question

The water rudder is straight and the wind vane gear is off.
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Thanks. This helps. Now, is the gear on the shaft cocked to starboard a bit or is the other gear canted when it's installed?
Can't tell you this one from memory and can't find a good pic of my vane (not very photogenic I'm afraid). I'm sure Guy is correct.
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Re: Aries Windvane question

I think I figured it out. The gear on the shaft needs to have two fewer teeth exposed on the starboard side.
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That sounds right to me .
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Re: Aries Windvane question

The final test is with the water rudder full over to a stop, the wind vane full over the other way and checking to see that the wind vane still rotates the rudder shaft. The water rudder does not need to point perfectly straight ahead with the vane in neutral or vise versa. There is enough leeway in it's travel to compensate.
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Re: Aries Windvane question

Yeah, it seems to swing about 30 degrees either side.
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Re: Aries Windvane question

There's a fair amount of play on the armature that hooks up to the wind paddle. So it has "slack" before it activates. Is that normal?
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