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Re: Aries Wind Vane
bomb proof Ive had one and cruised on another one with the tiltup version
we actually got hit in the stern with a big aluminum boat that anchored to close to us at dusk...in galapagos and 2 days into the crossing to hiva oa we notice the drum was broken!
the one with the teeth
however my captain had power tools and rivets and all sorts of parts and we managed to tie it back together and it worked
during that crossing beleive it or not we were in constant contact with a lady from aries(in england) I beleive via sailmail) that got them the new part somewehere in the south pacific...after I left
its a very very good windvane
does need a bit of help every now and then in rolly seas but overall a great performer
we did however maintain it a lot by that I mean preventatite maintenance we OILED the hell out of the pendulum and gears, and always greased and protected all rviets and stainless parts that touched
the aluminum itself is hardened and very long lasting but as usual with dissimilar metals you will always get some corrosion if you dont peridiodically oil and grease and maintain
my last boat had the standard version mid 80s design...fixed mount
Im not familiar with the new models but dont think they have changed all that much
Merit 25 sold...Islander 36 still afloat? who knows...Im still in Columbus, and back...I think...jajajaja!!!!
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Last edited by christian.hess; 05-08-2014 at 04:30 PM.