I'm sending it to Alpha to have it repaired. They looked at the autopilot and said everything is in good working order except the compass
and that is where the $600 would come in. I'm going to ask them more questions today as I only got the info second hand.
Thanks for the heads up on the windvanes. I talked to Jemsea (john) who also has a Sceptre. His boat is the only one with a Cape Horn Windvane. He hadn't used it much but the previous owner said that it worked very well. Jeff Rouse said that he sailed on Kloosh and found that the Cape Horn worked really well. In looking at the Cape Horn vanes they seem to be an improvement on the Monitor
. Jemsea is going to take a trip to Maine
so maybe I'll talk to him about it when he gets back. The Cape Horns attach directly to the quadrant and has less moving parts
than other windvanes. See this link: http://www.capehorn.com/sections/menus/SMenuCHAng.htm
Another thing that I liked about them is that they can be set off of center so that we don't lose access to the swim platform. I'll email
pictures of Sceptre 41 Kloosh with the windvane on if you are interested if I still have them.
BTW I saw on another post that you have a small DC genset. How is that working out for you? I'm thinking of buying