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post #6 of Old 10-14-2003
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looking for a used wind vane any help

Southwinds is styled after Latitude 38 and covers the Gulf Coast and SE U.S. There''s a similar rag, also inspired by Lat 38, directed at the Chesapeake. Don''t forget Latitude 48; isn''t that the rag up in the Pac NW? All these have classified sections, on-line web presence, etc.

I''d recommend the following add''l sources of used gear:
1. Used gear vendors like Bacon''s (Annapolis), Sailorman (Ft. Lauderdale), etc.
2. Local outfitters/vendors who come across used equipment on occasion and horde it for a hoped-for windfall some day; call around your homw area a bit and let your fingers do the walking
3., their classified section; consider joining (anyone who wants a windvane would surely value the info they provide!) and posting a ''wanted'' ad

While there seem to be a bazillion Monitor vanes out there, used Sailomat 3040 rudder/vane units are superb and can be reconditioned by Sailomat (Stellan Knoos in San Diego area), and the French Navik units are extraoridarily well thought of by small boat owners. In addition, Leslie Powels has done three circles, all singlehanded, on a 34'' sloop he built himself and he used a Hydrovane rudder/vane unit thru-out all of them. He carried no autopilot and hates to he doesn''t!

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