Originally Posted by Rustic Charm
I'm new to windvanes etc, and don't have one yet. I'm a little curious with your comments that they perform well in light air but don't like to be 'over powered'.
I thought windvanes operate best in heavy winds and that was the point if them?
The sail of the vane likes lots of wind
. However you have to keep the boat balanced to avoid too much weather helm
. Weather helm
makes it difficult for the vane to keep course (or a person to hand steer as well). If you have the right amount of canvas
for the average wind
but get some weather helm on the gusts you might find the vane fighting the weather helm. The amount of helm you will get depends a lot on your boat shape and the point of sail and wether it is gusty.