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Old 29-04-2013, 11:13   #1
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Reasonably-priced Wind Vane?

Is there such a thing as a good working and reliable wind vane that will function well on a 37 ft., 20,000 lb. displacement sailboat?
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Old 29-04-2013, 11:37   #2
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Re: Reasonably-priced Wind Vane?

Can you clarify this? A "windvane" could mean:
* A windex-type mast-top wind indicator
* An electronic wind direction sensor and display
* A self-steering system such as a Monitor windvane (there are other brands and types).

If you mean the self-steering system, I have a Monitor on my 44 ft 27,000 lb boat. It is reliable and works well, and I'm glad I installed it.
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Old 29-04-2013, 11:47   #3
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Re: Reasonably-priced Wind Vane?

Sorry about the wrong terminology... I meant a self-steering windvane system.
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Re: Reasonably-priced Wind Vane?

Most should work but the interface with a wheel could be an issue. Have a WindPilot Pacific Plus on my 35', 13,000# boat that worked all the way on a DDW sail to Hawaii. The Aries on our Westsail 32. 22,000# sailed the boat flawlessly for over 10,000 miles and then went another 20,000 miles with the subsequent owner.

Did have a problem with the Monitor on my current boat but it was probably caused by a faulty idler sheave in the wheel steering system. Pendulum Servo vanes work best with a tiller because of the direct, no loss nature of the tiller. Have seen boats as large as 50' with wheel steering and Pendulum Servo vanes that report excellent performance, however.
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