attached! To begin with a good windvane
will have no problem steering
a boat on any point of sail as long as there is a breeze. I have no answer as to tying it down because I've never had to do anything like that.
Make sure your steering lines are run fair with some way of adjusting tension. Make sure that when the wind vane
is vertical that the steering oar is also dead centre, if not you may have to adjust the gear
. Adjust your sails
so that you have close to a neutral helm
, adjust the vane so that it is pointing into the wind and engage the vane. Depending on the type of drum you have attached on the wheel
there may be different ways to engage it, I always liked the Monitor
drum but I expect the Aires works just as well. The lines to the drum should have a way to adjust tension, I set mine up so that the lines at the wheel had an eye at the end as did the lines from the vane and I simply could tighten or slack the lines as needed or remove them altogether. In really light air you want the lines to be slightly on the loose side and in the heavy going have them tighter. Hope this helps a bit.