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  1. Blackduck
    Hi, Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I have been "distracted" with the distinct lack of house power at the moment. Thank you for the offer. I think in the very short term (I have guests com ing) I will just buy either lead acid (which I hate ) or AGM to get me through the visitors next week. and give me breathing time to find the best solution. I am looking to get around 1200ah so I need to do my research on fit etc.
  2. Cheechako
    The Aires I had was old, I had it in early 80's! The monitor was a lot better. My aires was likely well worn when I got it , so there is that consideration also. One problem with the early ones is the components tended to get corrosion on the aluminum joints and very difficult to disassemble. I abandoned wind steering devices after several years and just used good autopilots. But I never made the long trip across the Pacific etc. I could see the vane being nice on that. It seems most the time the trade wind is variable and you are always tweeking the vane constantly.
  3. Jim Cate
    UU, sorry to be so long in reply, but I don't review my profile comments regularly.

    My wind vane was home designed and built, but used the basic principals of the commercial Auto-Helm vane. Used a better rudder profile, similar trimtrab and drive arrangement. worked well, drove the boat for several tens of thousands of sea miles.


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    Vessel Make/ model
    Elan 410
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    Teauaa (Port Phaeton), Tahiti
    very busy with the boat...
    cruising & cruising & cr...
    7 year rtw on 34' Wharram cat
    4 year rtw on Pouvreau 37
    3 year rtw on Pouvreau 37
    3 years base manager charterfleet
    18 years working for distributor & wholesaler of boat equipment
    6 months back-on-the-water again for a last chase of the dream...
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